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CONTENTS 6 Be the Change: Dr. James Wood: Empowering Children & Parents By Carolyn Warnemuende 7 Finding Your Best Pet By Lara Krupicka 9 Mi Escuelita Maya Preschool & Children's Performing Arts Program – A Place of Learning and Inspiration By Lisa Shara

11 The Magic of Healing – Magician Bill Jackson Knows It’s Not a Trick By David Nigel Lloyd

18 The Dreaded “H” Word – Tips for an Effective Homework Plan By Carolyn Warnemuende

13 Localicious: Valentine Honey for Your Sweetie By Stephanie Bird

20 Developmental Optometry And Vision Therapy – What It Is And How It Can Help By Steven Goedert, O.D.

14 Self-Care: A Required Ingredient for Effective Parenting By Carolyn Warnemuende 16 Is Keeping a Secret Hazardous to Your Health? By Gina Roberts-Grey

On the Cover: High school senior McKenna Kleiner is attending Butte College through the College Connection program at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico. She loves fashion and spending time with her friends, and feels happiest when attending one of her favorite bands' concerts. Five-year-old Indie is a beloved member of McKenna's family. She can often be seen on squirrel patrol early mornings in Bidwell Park. Photography: Kristen Privett of Kristen Privett Photography specializes in redefining high school and college senior portraits. Her work has been featured in Senior Style Magazine, which finds the latest cutting-edge senior photographers. Located in Chico, view Kristen's current work and meet the artist at www.kristenprivett.com.

22 Teen Scene By Cody Lakin, man on the street 22 From the Mouths of Babes Cartoon By Jerry King

22 Make a Valentine Love Bug By Belinda Mooney with Lisa Shara 23 Learning Beyond The Books: 5 Skills Smart Kids Need By Heidi Smith Luedtke, PhD 25 14 Valentine’s Day Traditions for Families By Kerrie McLoughlin 28 Childcare Directory 29 Going Places Family Events Calendar

DEAR READERS You may, as I do, consider education and creativity to be the foundation of a well-rounded and productive society. When we are young, our positive learning experiences with teachers, mentors and parents help us develop the cognitive and emotional abilities needed to grow along the way and to grasp the complexities inherent in the coming teen and adult years. We have new technological advantages to help us communicate and teach, but are we doing a good job? Are our priorities and institutions helping us to meet our goals for a well-rounded society that is happy, healthy, and socially and politically aware?

If education is the foundation for creating a model society, what collective grade has been earned by our learning institutions? We here at North State Parent recognize the importance of the learning process, and value teachers and those who work with children for the fundamental service that they provide for our society. Respectfully,

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Dr. James Wood Empowering Children & Parents

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ediatrician Dr. James Wood of Chico says, “I am a physician by occupation. My mission in life, though, is empowerment. I empower children to be the best they can be and parents to be the best parents they can be.” How does he do this? He knows that young children take great pride in their physical strength, so he says to them, “Show me your muscles.” Girls and boys alike want to flex their arms to show off their biceps. “We talk about their strong bodies and how to stay strong. Then we talk about strong brains and how eating lots of veggies makes for strong brains.” He asks school age children about their report cards and what their job aspirations are. If they don’t know, he offers some suggestions. Dr. Wood believes that many parents today want to be their child’s best friend, when instead they should be their child’s best parent. Parents who are misdirected in their role may feel a need to prevent their children from crying,

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when “many important learning experiences in life may be associated with some crying,” he explains. He offers parents information about techniques that can help with difficult situations, including handouts they can refer to. From the time he was in kindergarten, Dr. Wood wanted to be a physician, and he never wavered from that path. He did, however, change what he thought would be his specialty; initially he wanted to be a surgeon. Office manager Loretta Pence greets everyone with a smile. He has never regretted changing focus. “I love my work,” he says. Office manager Loretta Pence has worked with Dr. Outstanding Performance award at US Naval Auxiliary Wood for over 19 years. She knows how much he loves his Landing Field in Monterey. He garnered the Resiliency Role work. “He’s the only doctor I know who will call the parents Model – Healthy Chico Kids award in 1996 and 2000. of very sick children to see how they’re getting along,” she Outside the office, Dr. Wood has a rich and varied life. says. “He is a very compassionate doctor.” He spends family time with his wife Leslie, his four adult Dr. Wood has not made the move to computerized children, and his eight grandchildren. He and Leslie run for medical records like many physicians use and sees himself fitness. An avid gardener, he tends over 300 roses bushes. as unique in that respect. “I fit my approach to the individHe sings in two chorales, is a photographer, and loves to ual child,” he says. “That can’t be done with computerized hike in the High Sierras. templates.” His records include report cards and childhood In recent years, Dr Wood has embarked on increasing drawings. He plans to hold out for as long as possible before his professional and personal writing. His topics include making the change, which will soon be required by law. “Thoughts on Preventing ADD,” which has been published In addition to his private practice, Dr. Wood serves as in a Chico periodical; “Technocancer,” a treatise on the medical director for Northern Valley Indian Health intrusion of technology into everyday life, with guidelines Children’s Health Center, formerly Enloe Children’s for parents; and “Resiliency in Children,” a piece for parHealth Center. He spearheaded the clinic, which ents to assist them in fostering resiliency in their children. opened in October 1993 and provides primaDr. Wood’s JBW’s Memoirs currently has 82 chapters with ry health care for low-income patients. “The enticing titles such as “Peacocks and Belly Buttons.” practitioners do an incredible job,” he says. All “God gave me a big plate,” he reveals. “For that I am pediatricians in Chico support the clinic, and Dr. most grateful, and I have purposefully kept it as full as Wood believes this is one of the reasons it has possible. I want to do as much as I can while I can still do been so successful. it.” In fulfilling this desire, he lives by the maxim, “If it’s to For his 50th class reunion from Stanbe, it’s up to me.” Ó ford University, Dr. Wood prepared a bio in which he wrote, “I spend a considerable portion of my time with the underserved and with Carolyn Warnemuende lives in Redding with her husband. When special needs children.” For this serving as a family counselor, she worked with a pediatric office work, in 2005 his colleagues and understands how important individualized health care is to recognized him as a Legacy parents and children. Physician. This is not his only award. When in the Navy in the late 1960s and early The mission of our Be the Change column is to feature a 1970s, Dr. Wood received an community member from the North State who is actively Dr. Wood chats with curious patient Flynn. Above, Flynn and his mother Danielle visit with Dr. Wood.

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hen Erica Galligan’s children were young, her family tried adopting a dog, but allergies forced the family to return him to the breeder. They found alternative pets, starting with a saltwater aquarium, and later, freshwater fish and a tree frog. “An aquarium was easy, low-maintenance, and fun to look at,” Galligan explains about their baby steps into pet ownership. According to the America Veterinary Medical Association, 56% of U.S. households include a pet. But if your home isn’t among them yet, how do you find the right pet for your family? Here are five factors to consider:

Amount of care

Different pets require varying levels of commitment. Consider how much time you have each day for animal care. Are you willing to walk a dog? Do you want to be regularly cleaning a hamster cage? Can you give a young pet the attention it will require? Sarah Collins, Adoption Team Leader for the Wisconsin Humane Society, advises, “Be honest about what you can handle. And remember that responsibilities will ultimately fall on the parents.” Aquarium pets, such as fish and dwarf frogs, require the least care. Next come tank- and cage-kept pets: snails,

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hermit crabs, birds, reptiles and rodents. And then rabbits and cats. Aside from horses, dogs can be the most time-consuming pets, with some breeds requiring lots of exercise. Understanding a dog’s energy level before bringing it home can prevent surprises related to its care and exercise needs. Knowing how much time you can invest in a pet can help narrow your options. Puppies in particular require attention, even if they have been housebroken. “The rule of thumb is to allow one hour for their age in months, plus one,” Collins says, meaning a two-month old puppy needs to be walked every three hours. 8

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Introducing a pet into a home with very young children can be a challenge for both the pet and the child. Toddlers don’t have the capacity to understand appropriate handling of animals and their quick motions often scare pets. If you’re ready to adopt an animal while your children are young, consult with an animal rescue, reputable breeder, or animal shelter to find a pet whose personality melds well with active youngsters. If your children are older, responsibility enters the picture. Often kids want a pet without understanding the care involved. Discuss how much work they are willing to assume and explain what will be necessary for different pets. Bridget Cahill drafted a contract with her three daughters before allowing them to purchase a tortoise. Then each girl signed the contract, agreeing to the responsibilities and consequences they had outlined together. Cahill shares, “It said in the contract, ‘I will not throw a fit when you ask me to feed Nelly. I will do it lovingly and happily.’”

Lifestyle

It’s easy to think a dog or cat would be fun to own – until you’re planning a trip and need to find care for your pet while you are gone. If you travel often, make sure you have access to needed support for your potential pet, as finding quality care can be challenging and expensive. For a busy family, fish, turtles, reptiles or other independent pets may be a better option. “It’s pretty easy to put a 10-day feeder in a fish aquarium,” notes Galligan. Keep in mind that a constant supply of fresh food and water are essential for any pet.

which can be kept in a laundry room or basement. Collins says, “If you have a small house or yard … you just have to be able to accommodate your pet’s needs.” If you live in an apartment or condo, it’s also important to check any rules that apply to pet ownership before bringing an animal home.

Allergies

People can be allergic to dogs, cats, birds and even guinea pigs. Reactions such as itchy eyes, runny noses, rashes and asthma come from a protein in pet dander and saliva, and occur in 15 to 30 percent of allergy suffers, according to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Allergens stick to surfaces, such as clothing and walls, making it likely that those with pet allergies should avoid having these types of animals in their homes. Reptiles and amphibians don’t create the allergy-causing protein and should be safe for family members with allergies. Some dog breeds, such as poodles and Maltese, minimize allergens because they don’t shed as much as other breeds. You can research to learn about all the factors involved. Also note the smaller the pet, the less dander is created to activate allergies. Ask your allergist or a veterinarian for recommended options. Whatever animal your family chooses, pet ownership can be a rewarding experience. Says Galligan, “It’s great for kids to grow up with the responsibility for someone other than themselves.” Given the variety of pets available, you’re sure to find a pet that fits with your family. Ó

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It’s not necessary to have a yard to own a dog, but you should have places nearby to walk and play with one. A small aquarium can go in a bedroom. A cat will need constant access to a litterbox,

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n a setting best described as welcoming and warm, where diversity is honored and creativity abounds, children go about the business of learning with great enthusiasm. Smiling teachers clearly are having as much fun as they guide students in discovery and play. The inspiration is palpable. With a strong shared vision, owner and director Maria Trenda opened the Mi Escuelita Maya Preschool & Children's Performing Arts Program in Chico in August of 2007 with then-partner Benita Chavez-Humble. By its third year of operation, the community response to the preschool was so positive that a waiting list for enrollment became a necessity.

Many aspects make Mi Escuelita Maya special, including: its emphasis on multiculturalism; its high regard for the arts and for providing ongoing arts experiences; and its core value of fostering age-appropriate learning in an environment in which children uniquely develop cognitive, emotional, physical, social and cultural skills needed for success in future school experiences. Close to 100 families are currently involved with the school. The preschool program offers morning and afternoon sessions with participants typically starting at age 3. In response to requests from parents of the school’s graduates, an afterschool program was developed for a small

group of students up to age 12. The school’s roster includes many siblings, and its families’ roots hail from across the globe, including Italy, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, China, India, Nepal, Peru, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Cuba and Greece, as well as Ethiopia and Ghana, Africa. In the school’s dance studio, children are introduced to the world of dance through a modality called “Braindancing.” The children dance daily, with a focus on developmental movement patterns as well as technique, and participation is optional. “We don’t make them dance; they can choose to sit and watch and be the audience, or they can 10 perform.” Maria says. “Both experiences have value.”

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Mi Escuelita Maya Preschool & Children's Performing Arts Program – A Place of Learning and Inspiration

Mi Escuelita Maya students get ready to learn about African drumming.

Maria shares the story of a student who always chose to be an observer during dance classes. Halfway through the school year, he joined in the dance warm-up. “The fact that he stepped out of his comfort zone was huge,” says Maria, and is a reflection of the inherent growth that takes place in an environment that supports choice. A big part of the school’s success is due to its teachers, Maria shares. “They love spending time with this age group; they have a passion for it.” Most of the teachers are bilingual (Spanish language enrichment is part of the program), and they embody the values of the school, serving as role models to the children and the school’s interns. During the summer, the school also collaborates with CSU, Chico’s Upward Bound program, and the Migrant Education program of Butte County Office of Education. Children learn in many different ways, and the school provides a plethora of opportunities for children to exper-

iment with different learning styles, in a respectful environment where educational goals are reached through hands-on experiences. “We truly believe in play,” says Maria. “Children need hands-on experiences to acquire and integrate knowledge.” The school utilizes two primary program styles: A childled open-classroom approach honors the “flow” of individual students as they engage in activities of their own choosing. A teacher-guided approach offers projects and experiences designed to cultivate specific developmental skills, such as concrete thinking and self-regulation. Children are separated into age groups for specific play and learning activities; other times they come together in groups of blended ages, which fosters peer learning and respect among peers. The student-to-teacher ratio is 1 – 6, allowing teachers to focus on facilitating the learning process of each student. The school also has interns through programs of California State University, Chico, and Butte College. As future teachers, the interns help create an even more personal environment at the school. Each month the school’s curriculum centers around distinctive themes, including a focus on a specific country. The children learn about the clothing, books, music and dance from each culture studied, and they cook and eat its foods. Students also attend live cultural performances. When there isn’t a related performance to go to, professional artists are brought to the school and share their talents to further develop the month’s theme. In turn, students bring cultural enrichment to the community as performers. Each September, for example, students perform on stage at the Chico World Music Festival. The school’s annual Winter Celebration and Mother’s Day events typically feature about 70 student performers. The school’s holistic approach includes a food program that serves organic local foods whenever possible, made

At last May's annual Mother's Day Celebration, students perform in a play featuring the African folk tale, Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky.

fresh from scratch. The multicultural themes carry through as children participate in cooking – and of course, eating – foods from different cultures. In the school’s garden, the children learn how things grow as they plant seeds and help care for, harvest and cook the garden’s yield. Maria considers herself blessed to be doing this work, and underscores the importance of preschool education by describing the preschool years as “the golden stage of human development.” Mi Escuelita Maya Preschool & Children's Performing Arts Program is located at 1455 Chestnut St. in Chico. For more information visit mempreschool.com or call (530) 893-1419. Ó Writer Lisa Shara loves innovative educational programs, and in general, opportunities for growth. She gives thanks for teachers, most of whom do what they do because they believe they can touch the lives of children in a positive way.

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The Magic of Healing – Magician Bill Jackson Knows It’s Not a Trick Jackson signed Oroville Hospital up with Project Magic and became Slavin’s volunteer magician. “We would go over aspects of a patient’s injury and the kinds of physical movement to be practiced,” says Jackson. “I would then develop about six magic tricks requiring that particular kind of motion. “One of my most memorable patients,” Jackson says, “was a single mother of two young children. After an accident, she only had the use of her non-dominant hand and was having some trouble with that. She also had trouble speaking. Sandy asked if I could find something that would not only help her physically, but also help her connect with her children.” Jackson taught this patient some one-handed tricks. “She was skeptical at first, but as she saw the magic begin, she was delighted to have something to share with her children.” Jackson was born in Chicago. His love of magic began at about the age of three. His family moved to Oroville in the early 1970s where Jackson soon found himself performing at various fairs, schools and clubs, with, in lieu of a beautiful assistant … his brother John. John gamely allowed himself to be shot in the head with arrows or would disappear for the great cause of prestidigitation and illusion. “Magic helped pay my way through college,” Jackson says. He attended Butte College and California State University, Chico, where he majored in English and minored in theatre. He also earned multi-subject

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and a single-subject teaching credentials. Today Jackson performs at parties, travels with the Kent Family Magic Circus, and offers a school program that promotes reading. He spends much of each summer teaching and performing magic in the Catskills Mountains of New York. When back home in Oroville, he is awakened most mornings by a pet rabbit who jumps on his bed demanding breakfast. After breakfast, Jackson (if not the rabbit) sometimes substitute teaches, but never, he says, without his bag of magic tricks. Ó

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ew people can resist a little sweet something from someone special when Valentine’s Day arrives. The neat trick is to find something healthful in that treat. Honey’s wonderful flavor and health benefits can show that you not only care about someone, but you’re thinking of his or her health as well. Honey has a long reputation as a healthful food, well before peanut butter and honey became an American staple for children’s lunches. Honey never spoils, is produced from different pollens year round, and is typically composed of a 70/30% fructose to glucose ratio (table sugar or sucrose is 50/50). Since fructose is slower to cause a rise in blood sugar, this makes honey a good choice for some people with diabetes. Honey can also be used as a remedy for coughs and cuts, making its credentials all the stronger for its medicinal qualities. Honey, transformed from pollen gathered from various crops throughout the year, is the only sweetener produced by critters (bees) instead of plants, explains Willis Thompson, a Northern Californian bee keeper, and honey and stevia expert. Thompson owns and operates Apples of Gold Farm in Grenada and runs www.Cal-Stevia.com. On Thompson’s farm, bees start pollinating dandelions and grasses in early spring, then orchards growing almonds, oranges, prunes and cherries. After that, the bees move on to the farm’s fields to pollinate a variety of berries, and vegetables such as summer squashes. As summer begins, they pollinate early fall produce, including carrots, which make a dark, premium honey. When I spoke with Mr. Thompson, I told him my favorite honey was star thistle, because it’s such an annoying weed that something good has to come from it. His response: “That’s the way you get even with it!” According to Thompson, raw honey retains the beneficial enzymes and other nutrients that make it such a healthful food. He also recommends its use in the case of coughs from colds and allergies, by adding it to warm water to gargle, soothing the throat and reducing symptoms that could make an illness worse. Honey placed on cuts helps them heal more quickly, which is consistent with results found in peer reviewed scientific studies as well as anecdotally. Still, first and foremost, honey tastes delicious. If you’d like to make an easy and sweet treat for someone special on Valentine’s Day, consider this recipe for “Honey Chocolate Mint Patties” found on www.Honey.com.

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By Carolyn Warnemuende

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A Required Ingredient for Effective Parenting

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elf-care … how can you find the time to take care of yourself when you often feel pressed for time to take care of your family as well as you’d like? In order to be the best parent possible, though, caring for yourself needs to be a priority. Only when you feel whole can you be completely present and available for your children. Going to a spa, getting massages, and taking yoga classes are luxurious ways to care for yourself. While valuable, these can be costly and take time that you may not feel is available. The following ideas are free and can be worked into your existing schedule. All promote greater health, centeredness, a sense of well-being, and greater joy in everyday life. With practice these suggestions can become second nature: • Breathe. Approximately 95% of our breathing is shallow … we don’t fill our lungs to capacity. Shallow breathing stresses the body. Imagine that most of your breathing fills your lungs to the size of a lemon. Now consciously

breathe so that you fill your lungs to the size of a big, round watermelon. At the end of each breath, empty your lungs fully by pulling the stomach in and up on the outbreath. Taking a few deep breaths during the day relaxes your body and helps clear your mind. With practice, you will be breathing deeply more regularly. • Stretch. Simple stretches relax your body and rejuvenate your mind. Stretching can be done standing, sitting, or lying down. Many books and Internet sites describe easy-to-do, healthful stretches. Taking a few minutes throughout the day to stretch relieves tension and enhances your spirits. • Drink water. Keep a water bottle handy and take several sips each hour. Most of us are dehydrated much of the time. Drinking plenty of water keeps your circulation flowing freely, energizes your body, and keeps your mind alert. • Dump perfectionism. It is impossible to be a supermom or dad, a star employee, the world’s best friend, and be in topnotch physical condition all at the same time. Some-

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thing has to go. While not easy, changing your priorities and lowering your standards of perfection lowers stress and creates more time for self-care. Evaluate the way you spend your time and how well you feel you need to do each task. Then take the courageous leap of determining what you can let go of or do less perfectly. • Prioritize. Once you have dumped perfectionism and have realized that you cannot do it all, take time to list your priorities for the day. Stick to the list. If you don’t accomplish everything, acknowledge yourself for completing what you determined was most important. Create a new list each day, again prioritizing what you want to accomplish; don't just add on to your list from the previous day - that pretty much assures that you will not finish all the tasks you think need to be done. Remember, no one can do it all! • Delegate. Share household responsibilities. Determine what tasks each family member can do based on age and skill. Whenever possible switch tasks regularly so that enthusiasm remains high. 15

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• Plan ahead. Consolidate trips so that you only do errands once or twice a week. Pay bills once a month or use auto pay. Cook several dinners at once and freeze them, or make a meal in a large quantity and freeze half for future use. • Organize. Gather all necessary materials before beginning a project. This keeps you from running around looking for what you need between each step of the task. Keep a basket in a central location for things that need to go to another part of the house; deliver all items in the basket in one trip. Make a list before going to the grocery store … it helps you use both your time and money wisely. • Combine tasks. Multi-tasking is exhausting and inefficient. Nonetheless, combining certain tasks makes sense. Open mail while your computer boots up. Participate in pretend play with your child while fixing dinner or washing the dishes. Use waiting time in queues or for appointments to read, breathe deeply, meditate, or check phone messages. • Turn off electronics. Set a time at the end of the day to turn off your computer, cell phone and other electronic devices. Few of us need to be available 24/7. • Develop a daily spiritual practice. This may or may not be religiously oriented. Read uplifting literature. Spend time in nature. Sit silently and focus on your breathing. Sing. Quiet your mind with a simple mantra. All bring you to greater present awareness, which allows you to enjoy life more fully.

• Go for walks: “One thing that keeps me grounded, particularly when life is hard or hectic (or both), is taking a walk with my husband or a friend. Getting out of the house, even for a quick walk in the beauty of a park, really snaps me out of a funk,” says working mom Tina McDermott, of Butte County. • Exercise. Making exercise a part of your self-care routine can benefit more than your physical heath. "Exercise not only controls our weight, it uplifts our spirits, relieves anxiety and depression, boosts our energy levels, combats disease, helps us sleep better – it's FUN,” says Laura Gilmore, owner and coach at Kaia FIT Chico. • Give yourself a gift. Make every effort to schedule some alone time each day. Ten or fifteen minutes does wonders for reconnecting with yourself. Take a warm bath, a walk in nature, or read for a few minutes. Meditate, breathe, or gaze out the window at a tree. Balancing work and play with together and alone time is a key to healthy living. Incorporate a few things from this list into your life or create your own self-care program. Whichever you choose, practice the skills until they become a habit. This usually takes about 21 consecutive days. Living from this state of centeredness enhances your life so that you have more energy, receive more joy from your family, and have greater enthusiasm for the tasks that everyday life requires. Ó

After decades of combining a career with being a wife and mother (and now a happy grandmother), author Carolyn Warnemuende still often fails to take care of herself fully, and hopes this article helps you to do better than she has!

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By Gina Roberts-Grey

Is Keeping a Secret Hazardous to Your Health? “Many people find the reasons we may keep some secrets earlier in life may not be relevant as we get older.” – Peter Zafirides, MD

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hether it’s about your racy past in college or something your child’s best friend confided and begged not be told, many families have a lot of deep dark secrets floating around the recesses of their brains. But those secrets – especially the really juicy ones – can be making you or your loved ones sick, threatening not only the brain’s health but your entire well-being.

Neuroscience experts says it’s biologically healthy to confess secrets rather than hold them in, as secrets put the brain in an awkwardly compromised position. When you keep a secret, your brain’s cingulate cortex, the part of the brain involved in emotional responses, desperately wants to tell the truth. This “logical lobe” tells the rest of the brain to dish the secretive dirt in order for it to move on to other more important things like learning and keeping you

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running smoothly. But standing in the way is your orbital prefrontal cortex that’s simulating just how bad telling the secret will be – and all the possible negative outcomes – if you do unburden yourself of the suppressed news. “The prefrontal cortex is involved in decision-making, complex thought and deception which would then cause a response in the cingulate if there is inconsistency and the ensuing complications of an emotional burden,” 17


Is Keeping a Secret Hazardous to Your Health? says Gopal Chopra, M.D., a neurosurgeon and CEO of PingMD mobile app. If the prefrontal cortex wins the war raging in your brain, your body ramps up production of stress hormones. Every time you think about your secret, those hormones surge throughout your body, wreaking havoc on things like blood pressure, memory issues, weight gain and other health issues. The bigger or riskier you perceive the secret to be, the more intense the fight in your head and resulting anxiety. When a person feels anxiety or fear, the “fight or flight” hormonal response snaps into action and ramps up production of stress hormones, says Chopra. “Those hormones include norepinephrine, which affects parts of the brain where attention and responses are controlled.” Cortisol is another hormone released in stressful situations. The increase in production of these hormones subsides when stress or a perceived threat goes away. However, Chopra says if the stress or stimulus continues, so will the release of cortisol. In short, keeping a secret is as much a war of the lobes as it is a question of ethics or morals. It’s also a health risk. “When you’re stressed, sleep may be disturbed, which could lead to emotional mood swings and a propensity to be ill-tempered or lose your cool. You may also have difficulty with memory and learning,” says Allen Towfigh, M.D., a neurologist and sleep medicine specialist at NY Presbyterian

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Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. “The excess release of cortisol will cause a host of other ailments including possible increase or loss of appetite and disruption of metabolism.” Spiking levels of cortisol have also been linked to a weakened immune system, osteoporosis, increased blood pressure and a loss of collagen in the skin, which can lead to deeper wrinkles and loss of elasticity. So what is it about human nature that makes us keep secrets despite the risk? Secrets are a part of human nature. “We keep secrets because, even when there is risk involved in keeping a secret, we believe there is greater risk in the disclosure of a secret. Simply, we decide that the disclosure of the secret will be more painful to us than keeping it hidden. So, ‘it’ stays a secret,” says Peter Zafirides, MD, a psychiatrist in Columbus, Ohio. Should you keep a “good” secret? Maybe, since not all secrets are bad, Zafirides says. Some things are important to keep secret, like a present, surprise party, etc. “As long as a secret isn’t hurting you or anyone else, or isn’t perceived by you as being a bad thing, keeping some secrets doesn’t have to be hazardous to your health.”

Managing the stress

Not sure you should keep a secret? Zafirides says one way to manage the stress of keeping a secret is asking yourself if the information truly war-

rants privacy. “Take time to analyze the reasons that you are keeping something secret and the consequences of disclosing it,” he says. Consider that others' reactions to a secret are often much less dramatic than we imagine they will be. “Assess the potential implications of disclosing something very embarrassing,” says Zafirides. “Many people find the reasons we may keep some secrets earlier in life may not be relevant as we get older.” It may be helpful to you write out the pros and cons of keeping a secret, including why you are keeping it in. “There is no real physiologic explanation to this, but behavioral studies have shown dramatic reduction in stress hormone levels, blood pressure and mental health by doing this,” says Chopra. Weigh out the detriments and benefits of coming clean … honesty may be the best policy after all. Ó

Gina Roberts-Grey is an award-winning writer who admits she’s not so good at keeping secrets.

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rom the time children enter kindergarten, homework is a fact of life. Young children often find that doing homework is fun. By the time students reach third or fourth grade, however, homework may feel like drudgery. Friction between parents and children regarding homework is common. In fact, homework tends to create more parent/child conflict than any other school-related issue.

ment of Education publication, lists three primary goals for homework: • To give students practice that will reinforce learning. • To give students feedback based on teacher review of their homework. • To complete unfinished classwork. The document goes on to report that the ultimate purpose of homework is to improve learning. Further- 19

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The Dreaded “H” Word – Tips for an Effective Homework Plan more, the assignments should be meaningful and reinforce the students’ mastery of the course content. So, what is a reasonable amount of homework to expect? Dr. Harris Cooper, a respected researcher in developmental psychology and educational policy, recommends 10 to 20 minutes of homework per night for first graders with an additional 10 minutes per night with each successive grade level. The National Parent Teacher Association supports this policy. Even with these guidelines, many children take much longer than the recommended time to complete their homework. This, of course, increases parent/child frustration. There are steps both students and parents can take to relieve tension around homework. Developing and committing to an effective homework plan leads to positive results. The steps may not all be easy to follow, but once implemented, homework will be less stressful for everyone. Commit for two weeks. Keep what works and tweak what doesn’t. Don’t give up! • First, communicate. Sit quietly with your child and discuss the need to make homework less challenging. Say something like, “I know you don’t like homework, but it’s not going to go away. Let’s work together to make it easier.” • Do homework at essentially the same time each day. When the designated time approaches, your child's body’s “clock” will begin to prepare him for a time of concentration. If he attends after-school care, homework may be done there. Regardless of where homework is completed, you will need to look it over before he returns it to school. • Do homework in the same place each day. Whether your child works at his desk in his bedroom, at the kitchen table, or with a pillow on the floor, using a consistent place says to his body, “Oh, yes. This is a workspace. Now it’s time to settle down and work.” • Prepare for homework. Have a snack or drink of water, and use the bathroom before starting. This helps

to lessen distractions once your child has started working. • Gather all necessary materials. All books, sharpened pencils and other supplies need to be in the homework area before beginning. Not having them available provides an excuse for not staying on task. • Ask questions. Before he begins his homework, have your child look it over and ask any necessary questions. Provide the information he needs so that questions don’t become a disruption. • Use a timer. Timers serve as motivators for many children. They see how long they have worked and how much time they have left before a break. If a timer works for your child, let him set it himself. Unless it is distracting, he needs to have it in easy sight. • Take breaks. Building in breaks helps your child focus more fully during the work time. Young children need a break of 3 to 5 minutes for every 10 minutes of work. Third and fourth graders can work for 20 minutes and older children for 45 minutes before breaks. Breaks are for stretching, taking a drink of water, using the bathroom, and asking questions about the homework; they are not a time for playing or watching TV. • Recognize special situations. If your child has difficulty sustaining focus or has other learning difficulties, look at the homework together and decide how much can be done in a five-minute segment. Set a timer and leave while he does the work. After 5 minutes, return. If the work is complete, acknowledge him and check it. Negotiate another five minutes of work. If the work has not been accomplished, simply reset the timer with a statement such as, “I know you’ll have the work done when the timer goes off,” then leave.

• Acknowledge. When the homework is compete, acknowledge the achievement. Even if it has not been done to your child’s best ability, find something to address positively. You might say, for example, “I like the way you finished your homework. I know that next time you will use neater handwriting.” While consistently following an effective homework strategy may not work all of the time, you can expect it to work most of the time. With commitment and consistency, homework will take less time and cause less friction, and the positive effects will benefit you and your child. Ó Carolyn Warnemuende lives in Redding with her husband. For many years she served as a family counselor and learning/behavior specialist. She knows that a good homework strategy can relieve a lot of family tension.

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DEVELOPMENTAL OPTOMETRY AND VISION THERAPY WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT CAN HELP Dr. Steven Goedert checks patient Ryleigh's convergence with eccentric circle cards.

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ave you felt helpless about your child’s school performance? You are not alone. Did you know vision therapy can help? On the Children’s Vision Information Network website, a parent explains the progression of her daughter Megan’s vision therapy experience. When Megan began, “She hated to read. She would lose her place, put words in or leave words out and sometimes she would turn words around. It was a constant battle last year to get her to do her homework, often taking two or three hours to do work that should have been finished in 30 minutes.” Megan’s grades were affected: “Her report cards for the last two years were terrible. She was getting C’s and D’s. Then we found out that she had an eye teaming and tracking problem which didn’t let her eyes work together when she read. We started vision therapy to retrain the way she used her eyes, and we worked really hard. Now we’re seeing the good results. On her last report card she had all B’s and even one A.” Most importantly Megan now enjoys reading. “She has read 40 books for her school reading program already this year.” And homework? It’s no longer an issue. “She does her assignments as soon as she gets home from school and is finished in half an hour. The whole family is enjoying the results of her therapy.” You may know a child like Megan. Often there’s an assumption made that because a child has 20/20 eye-

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sight, his or her visual system can also function up close, such as when reading. There are many visual skills required for reading, spelling, memorization or looking from desk to whiteboard that can greatly affect a child’s performance in the classroom when these skills are lacking. Many children struggle with undiagnosed vision issues, yet frequently educators and health professionals are unaware of the relationship between vision and low performance with these classroom activities; some believe there is no relationship whatsoever. Much of this controversy hinges on a philosophy of holistic, sensorimotor development versus a structural approach to vision. Some vision professionals disregard the fact that the two eyes must work together as a team (binocular vision) to optimally process and retain visual information. Developmental (or behavioral) optometry is the field that addresses the evaluation and treatment of individuals with disorders of the visual system, with an emphasis on binocular vision and eye movement. For efficient and comfortable reading and close work, the eyes need to focus clearly, scan, and move from line to line. For memorization, one must be able to retain and reproduce a visual image accurately. One of the most prevalent visual deficits diagnosed is Convergence Insufficiency (CI). In this condition the

individual may have 20/20 visual acuity at distance, but when the eyes attempt to converge and track up close (at reading distance) the eyes cannot work together. CI results in blurred, double vision which can lead to suppression (one eye turning off) and many adaptive problems in the classroom, including headaches, inattention, fatigue, avoidance of reading and other close tasks, and lack of comprehension. A developmental optometrist assesses these issues by first providing a Binocular Vision Evaluation (after a comprehensive eye exam to assure visual health and to determine visual acuity and the possible need for glasses or contact lenses). A binocular vision evaluation includes tests for eye tracking, eye teaming, sustained focus and accommodation, visual memory, visualization, sequencing, information processing capacity, and visual-motor and sensory integration. Once levels of performance/processing are identified, a developmental optometrist can prescribe a specific course of therapy utilizing lenses, prisms and computerized training programs, as well as visual-motor activities such as a balance board, metronome, Marsden ball and trampoline to address visual integration with rhythm and timing. Vision therapy can be helpful to both children and adults. Overall, its goal is to treat vision problems 21


Developmental Optometry And Vision Therapy – What It Is And How It Can Help that cannot be successfully resolved with eyeglasses, contact lenses and/or surgery alone. By identifying and correcting specific problem areas, vision therapy can eliminate many of the underlying causes of learning difficulties and help people achieve clear, comfortable binocular vision. The normal course of in-office vision therapy may involve two sessions per week for several weeks, or in more complicated cases, for several months. Problems that vision therapy can address include difficulty keeping eyes properly aligned either when reading or at a distance (crossed or wall eyes), blurred vision in one eye (causing “lazy eye”), poor visual processing skills, and other eye movement disorders and issues that can cause attention problems, fatigue and headaches. Vision problems associated with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury (i.e., from a stroke) or head trauma are being addressed by a growing branch of behavioral optometry referred to as neuro-optometry. Another form of vision therapy is known as Sports Vision Training (VT). Sports VT has been used by many Olympic and professional athletes to enhance performance by improving eye-hand

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coordination, speed and timing, giving these athletes an edge over competitors. In the foreword of the book Dear Jillian: Vision Therapy Changed My Life, Too by Robin and Jillian Benoit, Arizona Cardinals All Pro Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald credits vision training for his success in both football and his academic career: “As I often say, there is definitely a connection between the vision therapy I did as a child and my performance on the football field.” If you think vision therapy can enhance your child’s (or your own) wellbeing, ask your family optometrist if he or she provides vision therapy or can make a referral to a colleague who does. For more information and resources about vision therapy, visit www.optometrists.org/Redding and click on Vision Links. Ó

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1. Glue or tape onto a Valentine’s Day Card or gift. 2. Make a “set” in different colors to use them as playing pieces for a board game you make. 3. Make the bugs into fridge art by gluing them onto magnets. 4. Hide love bugs around the room and let family members find them. As each bug is found, have the person share something they love about each person in the room.


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By Heidi Smith Luedtke, PhD

LEARNING BEYOND THE BOOKS:

5 SKILLS SMART KIDS NEED

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aising smart kids isn’t about “teaching to the test,” it’s about building brainpower. Kids who can seek information, connect ideas, and apply what they’ve learned aren’t just book-smart, they are life-smart. Cultivate your student’s success with these essential skills.

Growth Mindset

What it is: Smart kids define intelligence in terms of learning, not as a fixed trait. Decades of research by developmental psychologist Carol Dweck, PhD, and her colleagues, shows kids who think solely in terms of ability give up quickly when challenged. They see failure as proof that

they don’t have what it takes, not as a signal to invest more effort or try another approach. A growth mindset is healthier and more productive. Kids who believe intelligence is developed are not discouraged by failure. They don’t even think they are failing, Dweck explains … they think they’re learning. These learners seek challenges, think creatively and thrive despite setbacks. How to build it: Reinforce the belief that talents are developed, not a matter of biological inheritance, Dweck counsels. Praise your child for his effort and persistence, rather than his intelligence. Say, “I’m proud of you for playing such a difficult song, you really stretched your skills” instead of “You’re a talented musician.” Share stories of

scientists, athletes and artists who model passion for learning and dedication to development. Smart kids need hard-working role models.

Meta-cognitive Understanding

What it is: Smart kids think about their own thinking; they can take multiple perspectives and they’re aware of their own biases and assumptions. “Metacognition isn’t about grades,” says Leif Gustavson, PhD, associate professor of education at Arcadia University in Glenside, Penn., “but it helps kids study efficiently and use knowledge effectively.” Students need to understand how and why they are learning the material in a particular class, he says. This 23

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Cultivate kids’ skills with these smart resources:

Learning Beyond The Books: 5 Skills Smart Kids Need

• Retool your beliefs about intelligence by reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck • Find self-evaluation strategies at www.blog.montessoriforeveryone.com/ student-evaluation.html • Do Emotional Intelligence activities from www.tinyurl.com/EI-Activities • Try at-home science experiments from www.tinyurl.com/HomeScience-Kids • Science ideas for preschoolers: www.education.com/activity/preschool/science

pe, co-acting executive director of Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. Yet recent studies show the overall science literacy of Americans is increasing, Hespe says.. How to build it: Teach investigative concepts and skills at each stage of your child’s development. Double your cookie recipe and let kids determine how much butter and flour you need, Hespe suggests. Study bridges you cross to understand their design. Ask your child how he could get over the river without a bridge. Look up cloud types online and formulate a hypothesis about tomorrow’s weather. Engage your child’s curiosity outside the classroom and model problem-solving strategies. Real-world research makes smart kids smarter. Zoos, aquaria, parks and science centers are fantastic learning laboratories.

Emotional Intelligence is pedagogical intelligence. When students understand teachers’ methods, they can direct their own learning. How to build it: When your child completes an assignment or exam, ask “How did it go? What went well? What would you do differently next time?” Also, ask kids to connect previous learning to new experiences, Gustavson advises. This helps them achieve deeper understanding. Encourage your child to apply her learning, even if she feels uncomfortable. “Tolerance for ambiguity is a must,” says Gustavson. “There isn’t just one right answer in life.” Advocate for your child, not just about what she is learning, but about how she is learning. Reflection is critical.

Investigative Approach

What it is: Smart kids can define a problem, formulate options, test potential solutions and decide on a course of action. These are important life skills. “Classroom teachers struggle with how to make science, technology, engineering and math learning more hands-on,” explains Dave Hes-

What it is: Smart kids recognize and regulate their own emotions and empathize with others. “Kids who develop these skills early in life get better grades, are less susceptible to anxiety and depression, and have healthier, more fulfilling relationships,” says Linda Lantieri, MA, director of the Inner Resilience Program and co-founder of the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program, a social and emotional learning program implemented in more than 400 schools. Kids who can selfsoothe when stressed are ready and able to learn from their experiences, without the distraction of emotional drama. How to build it: Regulating emotions doesn’t mean stifling them, says Lantieri. Don’t diminish your child’s feelings; help him understand what’s causing them. Increase his emotion-related vocabulary by introducing him to words like "angry", "frustrated", "jealous", "excited" and "elated". Kids should be able to describe their feelings with some specificity, Lantieri says, rather than just saying they feel good or bad. Be an emotion coach: encourage your child to explore his feelings and to learn others’ emotional perspectives. Empathy isn’t automatic, it is learned. Use your

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own upsets as teaching opportunities: explain step-by-step how you stop, calm down, refocus and then act.

Self-Expression

What it is: Smart kids develop a strong sense of self. They know their own strengths and challenges and make wise decisions. Kids crave a sense of uniqueness and they may feel pressured by intense demands to get good grades, fit in socially, and grow up before they’re ready, says Brandie Oliver, MS, assistant professor of Counselor Education at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. Finding their own identity can be awkward and frustrating. It also subjects kids to risk, Oliver says. Peer pressure about alcohol, drugs and sex forces kids to make tough decisions. Bullying – in person or online – is a threat as well. Kids need skills to stand up for themselves. How to build it: “It is common for parents to think they are in the loop when they don’t know as much as they think,” Oliver says. “Kids share information with parents through a filter.” Sometimes they embellish or omit key details. Listen deeply and encourage sharing. Validate your child’s perspective even when you don’t agree, Oliver says. Model the use of “I” messages, such as “I think” or “I feel.” Self-expression is crucial for personal well-being and social success. Kids who can voice their opinions respectfully often become productive members of the community. When you give kids the skills to direct their own learning and express their ideas, you facilitate success in school and in life. Now that’s smart. Ó Heidi Smith Luedtke, PhD, is a personality psychologist and mom of two. Read more psychology lessons for life at www.heidiluedtke.com/blog.

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By Kerrie McLoughlin

14 Valentine’s Day Traditions for Families

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rowing up, I always looked forward to Valentine’s Day. I loved making valentines for my friends at school

and decorating a shoebox to collect them in. When I got home from school I could always count on chocolates from my mom and a small gift from my dad. Cards came in the mail from grandparents and

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was definitely made to feel special on Valentine’s Day. I think everyone should get the chance to feel special on this sweet day full

of love, so check out the 14 traditions below and give a few a try! You’ll definitely make someone’s day! 1. It doesn’t matter if your child is in school, is homeschooled, or is too young to be in school, decorating a holder for Valentine’s Day goodies is a must for collecting fun stuff from the day. A cardboard shoebox works great, as does a large plastic ice cream bucket. Just cut a hole in the lid big enough to handle cards, notes and treats, and decorating it with colored paper, felt or cloth hearts, glitter glue, sequins and more! 2. While your child sleeps, decorate his bedroom door with heart-shaped sticky notes shaped in a wreath, that say all the things you love about him. Older kids may act like this is dorky, but inside they’ll be glowing! 3. Cards and heart-shaped notes are a must on this day! Of course you’ll buy or make some for your own kids and sweetheart, but don’t forget about nieces, nephews, the friends of your kids, the children of your pals and more. Everyone loves to get mail! 4. A heart-shaped breakfast is a fun way to start the day. Use a cookie cutter to make heartshaped pancakes or toast … add strawberry or raspberry jam for color. 5. Getting dressed should be extra special today, with a color scheme of pink, red, purple and white. Or just go extra fancy!

6. Break out that heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a heart sandwich for your child’s lunch. Why not write a silly love poem to your child and pop it in her lunchbox or backpack? … Roses are red; Violets are blue; I love you; Yes, I do do do! 7. I can’t think of Valentine’s Day without also thinking of chocolate! Set some out in a heartshaped bowl for a sweet treat. 8. Make a Valentine Tree for each member of your family. Draw the trunk of a tree and cut out heart-shaped leaves. Write different reasons you love each person and glue the leaves onto their trees. Tape the trees to a bathroom mirror or somewhere in their bedrooms as a reminder of your love. 9. Surprise your child with a small gift like a book, stuffed animal, stickers or craft supplies... wrapped in heart wrapping paper, of course! 10. Home-made cookies add a special touch. Whether you start from scratch or buy a mix or premade cookie dough, have fun making a creative mess together while baking and decorating the cookies. 11. Flowers can brighten up anyone’s day. If you don’t expect to receive any, buy them for yourself! If your child is old enough to enjoy a flower instead of eating it, place one flower in a bud vase in his or her room. 12. Bake a heart-shaped pizza for dinner. It’s easy to shape pizza dough in a large heart, and everyone can take a turn adding a topping they love before it goes in the oven. 13. Don’t forget about your pets! Buy a heart-shaped food or water bowl, a red, pink or purple collar, or extra treats to include your pets in the fun. 14. End this lovely day with the DVD Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown or some other cute Valentine’s Day show featuring characters your children love. Ó

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MUSEUM & ART EXHIBITS

Chico In Black & White: Historical Photos; Chico. This exhibit features over 70 photographic prints from The John Nopel Collection, depicting old Chico from the late 1800s to early 1900s with descriptive texts by local Chico historians. All ages. Wed-Sun, 12-4pm, thru 6/30. Suggested donation: $3/adults, $2/seniors & students. Chico Museum, 141 Salem St. (530)891-4336. Gateway Science Museum Spring Exhibits; Chico. Explorer Evolution: In this interactive experience learn how scientists conduct research to investigate the evolution of organisms from the smallest to largest. Photography of Sacramento River Watershed presents photos capturing the history of the Sacramento River, including its ecosystem & restoration. All ages. Wed-Sun, 12-5pm, thru 5/11. $3-$6; members & ages 2 & under free. 625 Esplanade. (530)898-4121. Good Dog, Art Of Man’s Best Friend; Redding. Man’s first domesticated animal has a long history in art. This multimedia exhibition curated by John Harper celebrates the deep connection people have with dogs through works of Northern CA’s leading artists. Wed-Sat, 9am-4pm; Sun, 10-4pm, thru 4/27. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Native Baskets From Northern California; Redding. View over 300 Northern CA pieces from Turtle Bay’s collection. Learn about materials, techniques, patterns, the people who created beautiful utilitarian art & how these traditions continue. Wed-Sat, 9am-4pm; Sun, 10-4pm, 2/26-

4/27. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Parrot Playhouse: Lories!; Redding. Walk through an interactive aviary & feed colorful Australian lorikeets from your hand. Wed-Sat, 9:30-11:45am & 1-4pm; Sun, 10:30-11:45am & 1-4pm, thru 4/30. Admission $1 (plus park admission, $10$14), includes one free nectar cup; additional cups $1. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Prehistoric Predators Exhibit; Ashland. Technology brings the past to life in this exhibit featuring life-like animatronic dinosaurs, controlled by state-of-the art interactive software. Travel back in time to the Cretaceous Period & explore a land filled with meat-eating dinosaurs in their natural environment. Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm, thru 5/16. $7/ child (ages 2-12), $9/adult. ScienceWorks, 1500 E. Main St. (541)482-6767. Sin In The Sagebrush; Redding. Curated & produced by Oregon’s High Desert Museum, this multi-sensory, immersive exhibition explores the “rough & tumble” aspects of the lives of men & women who sought opportunity, fortune & community on the western frontier. Parental discretion advised. Wed-Sat, 9am-4pm; Sun, 10am-4pm, thru 2/9. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. The Big Adventure; Redding. An indoor adventure race for kids, full of novel, full-body challenges. Designed by the Children’s Museum of Houston for ages 5-10, the exhibition lets kids create their own fantasy adventure. Wed-Sat, 9am-4pm; Sun, 10am-4pm, 2/1-4/27. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Fiddlegrams; Redding & Red Bluff. Serenade your loved one on Valentine’s Day with sweet fiddle music performed by a fiddler & accompanist from the California State Old Time Fiddlers Association. Choose a romantic song, includes a long-stemmed rose & card. $40. Available in the greater Redding area & Red Bluff. 8am-8pm. (530)241-6265. Ranger-Led Personalized Group Activities; Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Schedule your group of 15-30 to enjoy customized rangerled group activities. Including hikes, gold panning, storytime & other ed-related activities. All ages. $5 day use fee per vehicle. (530)242-3451.

SPORTS PROGRAMS & LEAGUES REGISTRATION

Cross Country Youth Ski Program; Mt. Shasta. Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization’s Junior Skate Ski program offers outdoor winter fun & instills a love for the sport. Ages 6-16yrs. Thru-3/2. Ski Park Highway off Hwy 89. Call for start date and info: (530)926-3021. Jr. Panthers Youth Football & Cheer Sign-up Day; Redding. Join the fun this summer & fall. Open to all children, grades K-8. $50 deposit; reg fee $250, bring grade proof & birth cert. Sign up 2/22, 11am-2pm. Mt. Shasta food court, 900 Dana Dr. or at Central Valley High School’s Multi-Cultural Celebration (see the 23rd). Info: Football (530)9414655; Cheer (510)689-8689. Youth League Bowling; Redding. Children can learn to bowl in a safe & fun environment from a certified instructor. For children of all ages. Call for more information. Shasta Lanes, 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773.

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Winter is a great time to enjoy Birding in Bidwell Park in Chico. Join Chico Creek Nature Center on a birding walk; you may see winter visitors such as juncos and yellow-rumped warblers. See the 1st (Butte County). Photo by Jon Aull.

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Birding In Bidwell Park; Chico. Winter’s a great time for birding - leafless trees offer better views. The park’s diverse habitats, including Big Chico Creek, attract hundreds of different species. Binoculars & field guides available for use. All ages. 10-11:30am. $10 suggested donation. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. 8th St. (530)891-4671. Brand-New Stories To Share Storytime; Chico. Come enjoy new stories (plus a few older favorites)! All ages. 2pm. Free. Barnes & Noble, 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Build Your Own Worm Bin Workshop; Durham. Learn about vermicomposting & its benefits for your garden; create a functioning worm bin complete with worm residents to take home! All ages. 1st Saturday, 10am. Mention North State Parent for special cost of $35 (normally $50), pre-reg. The Worm Farm, 9033 Esquon Rd. (530)894-1276.

Chico Certified Farmers Market; Chico. Enjoy locally grown fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, soaps & much more. 7:30am-1pm, yearround, rain or shine. 2nd & Wall St. (530)893-FARM. Chico Cheer All Stars Open Gym; Chico. Get extra cheerleading or tumbling practice - work on anything you desire. Coach helps w/spotting. All ages/abilities. $5/hr or $65/mo all-gym pass (includes classes). 10am-12pm. Chico Cheer All Stars Gym, 13306 Cabin Hollow Ct., Suite #120. (530)894-CCAS. Family Night Skate At Cal Skate; Chico. Bring the whole family for a fantastic time of family fun, with family music & a great price! 6:309pm. $12/family of four (additional members +$2.50); skate rental $2-$3. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Fiddler On The Roof Musical; Chico. A classic favorite that touches audiences with its universal theme. Rich in historical & ethnic detail, Fiddler is based on family, tradition & faith. Live orchestra & large cast. 7:30pm. $15.50-$18.50 presale, +$10 at door. California Regional Theatre. 1475 East Ave. (1-800)722-4522.

Home Depot Kids Workshop: Build a Race Car; Chico & Oroville. Kids build or create a project & learn do-it-yourself skills & tool safety. They take home their craft, a certificate, apron & pin, plus a sense of accomplishment. 1st Saturday, 9am-12pm. Free. Chico: 2580 Notre Dame Blvd. (530)342-0477; Oroville: 2150 3rd St. (530)538-0521. Grease Musical; Chico. Two teenagers reunite after a summer of love only to deal with peer pressure & high school woes. The stage will light up with classic songs like “Summer Lovin,’” “Greased Lightning,” “Beauty School Drop Out” & other favorites. 7:30pm. $20/adult, $12/child. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Rd. (530)8943282. Japanese Storytime; Chico. Monthly program features classic tales of Japan, Kamishibai (“paper-theater”), & Japanese songs & crafts. 1pm. Free. Chico Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Chico. Kids make a fun craft while parents shop. Ages 3 & up. Saturdays, Four classes: 10am, 10:30am, 11am & 11:30am. $2/class, pre-reg online to insure spot. Michael’s arts & crafts stores, 2041 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. (530)343-1864. 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. 10am-12pm. $5.75/child or $25/6 weeks, includes quad skate rental; parents skate half price. Cal Skate, 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Scholastic Book Fair; Oroville. This fundraiser is to help raise money for the library at St. Thomas the Apostle School. 11am-4:30pm. 1380 Bird St. (530)534-6969. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Black-light bowling with good music. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. $16/ person/3hrs, includes shoes; or $5/game + $2.50/shoe rental. Orchard Lanes, 2397 Esplanade. (530)895-3257. Yo-Yo Club Practice; Chico. Have fun learning the yo-yo. Free lessons & practice. 12-2pm. Meet in Diamond Alley behind Bird in Hand, 320 Broadway. (530)893-0545.

All About Women Fair

Saturday, February 22nd 10am-4pm // Shasta District Fairgrounds, Anderson

Free to the Public

Beauty Products, health professionals, fitness, clothing, purses, accessories, home interior ideas and products, demonstrations and children’s activities.

SHASTA COUNTY

Anderson Little League Teams Registration. Sign up today for softball & baseball leagues, T-Ball, Farm, Minors, Majors & Softball. On-line registration also available. 10am-2pm. Volonte Park, (530)365-1391. Charlie Rabbit Kids Gardening Program; Redding. Join Charlie, Turtle Bay’s adorable jackrabbit puppet, for monthly interactive gardening activities. For young children, their siblings, parents & grandparents. Wear gardening clothes! 10:30am. Free w/Park admission, $4$14. West Garden Entrance (on rainy days in Greenhouse), 1100 Arboretum Dr. (530)242-3178. Date Night At All Fired Up; Redding. Relax & unwind while enjoying creative fun together. 5-8pm. $3/couple studio fee + cost of ceramics. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Family Day At All Fired Up; Redding. Families create works of art together. $3/family. 11am5pm. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. First Aid Training Child & Adult; Redding. American Safety & Health Institute child & adult hands-on first aid training. Includes 2-year certification & handbook. Ages 12 & up. 10am1pm. $40 ($30 Y Members), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Frosty Fun Run; Redding. All ages can race or just run for fun in 3 age categories. Today’s courses: 2-miles or 4.3-miles. Series of races culminate in a championship event on 3/8; run in one or all. Reg on race day 7-8am, starts 8am; rain or shine. $3. Clover Creek Preserve, Shasta View Dr. & Venus Way. (530)526-3076. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym; Redding. Practice & have fun using trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more. Supervised free play. Ages 5-14. Sat, 10:30am-12:30pm. $7/ child. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Little ones have a blast with trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. $4/child; supervised free play. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn how to research records to find your family history with assistance from members of the Shasta Genealogy Society. Every

Proceeds will be donated to Student Scholarships and Local Projects for Women & Children Questions? Want to reserve your booth? Want to know more about being a Soroptimist? Rose Franklin 805-423-3345 or Leslie Sabanovich 530-209-5903 allaboutwomenfair@gmail.com

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GOING PLACES FEBRUARY Wed & Sat, 1-4pm. Free. Drop-in okay. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7252. Home Depot Kids Workshop; Redding. Build a project for ages 5-12. Kids learn do-it-yourself skills & tool safety, take home their project, a certificate of achievement, apron & pin, & gain a sense of pride & accomplishment. 1st Saturday, 9am-12pm. Free. 1200 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-1313. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Redding. Kids make a fun craft while parents shop. Ages 3 & up. Four classes: 10am, 10:30am, 11am & 11:30am. $2/ class, pre-reg online to insure spot. Michael’s arts & crafts store, 1070 Hilltop Dr. (530)223-9514. Kids On Wheels; Redding. Special skate time for ages 10 & under. Parents can skate too! 10-11:30am. $3/child, $1/parent, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. Mommy & Me Learn To Sew Workshop; Redding. Children & their moms learn to sew together. Choose to sew a pillow or pillowcase. Ages 5 & up. 9am-12pm. $40/couple, plus supplies. Sew Fabulous Studio, 851 Commerce St. (530)221-1608. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Saturday Open Gyms; Redding. Run, tumble, bounce & practice in a 10,000 sq. ft. fully-matted gym designed for safe & progressive gymnastics. Two age sessions: “Tiny Tots” ages 0-8 (older siblings welcome): 11am-12pm, $5/child. Ages 8 & up: 12-2pm, $10/person (members $6). 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Rock ‘N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Enjoy a night of bowling, laser light show, music & fun. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. $15, includes shoe rental. 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. Bowling with music & light show. $15, includes shoes & sodas. Sat, 9pm-midnight. 1701 Bruce Dr. (530)365-3323. Shrek The Musical; Redding. This fun Redding School of the Arts musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. Features a terrific score of all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing & Broadway-caliber costumes. Ages 4 & up. 2pm & 7pm. Buy tix on Cascade Theatre’s website. $6-$8. David Marr Auditorium, 2200 Eureka Way. (530)243-8877. 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/skate, $4/dance or $6/ both, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. Survival! Indoor Animal Show; Redding. Get up close & personal with stars from the Walk on the Wild Side summer animal show as they fly, crawl or walk by. All ages. 1:30pm, thru 2/15. Free w/ Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Youth Yoga; Redding. A great introductory class for youth, relaxing & strengthening the mind and body. Sat, 9:45-10:15am. $8/class (Y Members free). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

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

rentals+$2. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Ice Skate Classes; Mt. Shasta. All ages are invited to learn to skate. Skaters grouped by skill level. 12:30-1pm or 1-1:30pm; $10, includes rental skates & entrance to public skate session that follows at 1:30pm. Siskiyou Ice Rink, Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Outdoor Classic Pick-up Hockey Tournament At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. All skill levels. 4 on 4 games, 2- to 14-minute periods, minimum 3 games/team; USA hockey certified officials. Check-in 5:15pm, teams selected 5:30pm, games begin 6pm. Limited to 1st 72 players & 1st 6 goalies. $55/player; goalies free. Call to reg: (530) 925-4368. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Tale Of The Quest Musical Comedy; Weed. In this tale of the Kingdom of Kingsmart, when the Prince comes of age, he chooses an unlikely companion to embark on an epic quest to save a Princess trapped in a tower. Presented by College of the Siskiyous Drama Club. Ages 15+. 7pm.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Frontier Village Farmers Market; Red Bluff. Year-round certified market features locally grown products including veggies, fruit, nuts, meats, honey, eggs, & artisan food products & crafts. 8am-1pm, rain or shine. 645 Antelope Blvd. (530)526-2843. Home Depot Kids Workshop; Red Bluff. Have fun building a project. For ages 5-12. Kids learn do-it-yourself skills & tool safety, take home their craft, a certificate of achievement, apron & pin, & gain a sense of pride & accomplishment. 1st Saturday, 9am-12pm. Free. 2650 Main St. (530)528-8579. Little Reno Night; Red Bluff. Enjoy a night of fabulous Las Vegas fun to benefit Sacred Heart School. Includes dinner & dessert by Chef Hobart, auctions, raffles, music & much more. Ages 21+. 5-10pm. $40. Red Bluff Community & Senior Center, 1500 South Jackson. (530)527-6727.

Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline class/studio sessions for all ages & skill levels, taught by Anastasia Nelson; includes time to work on personal projects. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. $20/drop-in (space allowing) or pre-reg $45/3-classes; includes materials. Red Bluff Art Gallery, 601 Walnut St. (530)529-1332.

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Fiddler On The Roof Musical; Chico. A classic favorite that touches audiences with its universal theme. Rich in historical & ethnic detail, Fiddler is based on family, tradition & faith. Live orchestra & large cast. 2pm. $15.50$18.50 presale, +$10 at door. California Regional Theatre. 1475 East Ave. (1-800)722-4522. Scholastic Book Fair; Oroville. This fundraiser is to help raise money for the library at St. Thomas the Apostle School. 11am-4:30pm. 1380 Bird St. (530)534-6969.

SHASTA COUNTY

Animal Parade On The Boardwalk; Redding. Hang with Spike, the porcupine, Gidget, the cockatoo, & other Turtle Bay animal celebrities as one of them leads the way down the Turtle Bay Boardwalk, weather permitting. Thu & Sun, 1:30pm, thru 2/16. Free w/Park admission, $10$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Fish Feeding At Turtle Bay; Redding. Watch native fish in the aquarium zigzag, wiggle & play with their food at feeding time. All ages. WedSun, 10:30am. Open 2/10 & 2/17. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Museum aquarium, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Red Hawks’ Softball Camp; Redding. Simpson University Red Hawks’ softball coach Wayne Stower & softball players teach ages 5-14 skill development in hitting, bunting, fielding, base running & conditioning. Ages 5-8: 10am1pm; Ages 9-14: 1:30-4:30pm. $30 (free for coaches). Simpson University Softball Field, 2211 College View Dr. (530)225-4095. Super Sunday Bowling At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Unlimited bowling from 9-11pm. $8, includes shoes. 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Feb. 1 at 2pm & 7pm • Feb. 7 at 7pm • Feb. 8 at 2pm & 7pm David Marr Theatre, Redding Tickets: Cascade Box Office cascadetheatre.org or (530) 243-8877 Reserved Seating, $6 Children 14 and under and Seniors 60+, $8 Adults

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Final Saturday Skating At Siskiyou Ice Rink; Mt. Shasta. Bring family & friends to enjoy the rink’s final weekend of the season. 8-10am: Adult/Teen Hockey Pick-up Games, $10 (free to watch); 10:30am-12pm: Youth Hockey. Public Skate session: 1:30-5pm. $8/adults, $6/teens, $5/child/seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; skate

$8-$5. Kenneth Ford Theater, 800 College Ave. (530)938-5373.

REDDING SCHOOL the ARTS II of

Openings in Home School Program & Mandarin Proficient 2nd - 4th grade students WASC Accredited • Confucius School

A Redding Area K-8th Grade Charter School 955 Inspiration Place • Redding • 530.247.6933 • www.rsarts.org

First Sunday Breakfast; Mt. Shasta. Bring the family to enjoy this great all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet featuring over 20 delicious freshly made breakfast favorites. 8-11am. $8/adults, $4/kids. Mt. Shasta Community Center, 629 Alder St. Make Valentine Cards & Stickers Class; Mt. Shasta. Make 4 cards, a hanging mobile, or 4 sheets of stickers. Ages 6 to adult; ages 6-8 with adult supervision. 1pm. $12, must pre-reg. A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296. Siskiyou Ice Rink Closing Day Skates!; Mt. Shasta. Bring family & friends for the last public skate of the season. 1:30-5pm (ice maintenance 3-3:30pm if needed). $8/adults, $6/teens, $5/child/ seniors, under age 3 free w/adult; skate rentals +$2. Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr. (530)926-1715. Ukulele Jam Session, Mt. Shasta. Bring your uke, your music & a music stand; share music, fun & good company. Open to any child or adult who plays the ukulele or has taken a ukulele class. 4:30pm. By donation, please pre-reg. A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296.

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The all-ages Almond Blossom Ball in Red Bluff is a fun semi-formal dinner/dance that raises funds for the art program at Whittenberg Country School. See the 8th (Tehama County) Photo by Zachary Whitten.

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Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Fun, on-going, hands-on science activities for children ages 2-5 & their parents. M/Tu, 10:30am-12pm. $6/hr drop-in or $4/ hr w/class card; bring snack. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6 thru adult. M/Tu/Th classes: Ages 6-13, 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+, 7-8:30pm. Unlimited classes $75/ mo. Approved vendor for CORE Butte & S. Sutter schools. Chico Shotokan Karate Martial Arts, 2155 Park Ave. Ste. B. (530)897-0326. Storytime Art; Paradise. Children ages 3-5 enjoy a time of listening & creating. Fun & creative crafts relate to the story read. Bring small lunch or snack. Mondays, 12:15-1:15pm, thru 2/24. $26/session, pre-reg. Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway. (530)872-6393.

SHASTA COUNTY

Art & Craft Adventures; Redding. Inspire your child’s imagination & self-expression with

hands-on art activities for ages 2-5. Painting, drawing, collage & more; encourages confidence & supports artistic potential. Thu, 9-10am. $20/ mo (free for Y members), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Baby Bookworms; Redding Library. Children 6mo-2½yrs & parent/caregiver enjoy story, fingerplays & playtime. Learn how early literacy activities build Developmental Assets. 10:30am. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Brickfilm Stop Motion Animation Class; Redding. Using LEGO sets & mini figures, ages 8-12 learn stop-motion animation techniques. Create a story board, design a scene, shoot photographs, & edit the sequence to produce a finished film. Mondays, 2/3-24, 4-6pm. $80/ session, pre-reg. Build It, 925 Merchant St. #2. (530)225-4095. Children’s Monday Art Classes; Redding. Deborah Salyers offers drawing & painting instruction for ages 5-18, grouped by age. Learn about freehand drawing, shape, form, shading & perspective, using varied mediums. Ages 5-9, 2:30-3:30pm; Ages 9-13, 4-5pm; Ages 14-18,

12:30-2pm. $50/mo, supplies included; must pre-reg. All Fired Up, 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2206. Drums Alive-Kid Beats Classes; Redding. Students use stability balls as drums to improve left & right brain pathways, increase focus & integrate toning, flexibility, movement & rhythmical flow. Ages 5-12. Mondays, 4-4:45pm. $8/class (Y members free). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Family Fun Bowling & Pizza Night; Redding. Bring friends & family for 2 hours of unlimited bowling. Includes one 2-topping pizza & pitcher of soda. Ages 4 & up. Mon & Fri, 6:30-8:30pm. $50/lane (up to 8 bowlers); includes shoes. Shasta Lanes, 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773. High School Power Tumble; Redding. Utilizes rod floor, tumble-trak & trampoline to enhance tumbling skills for cheer & gymnastics. 7-8pm. $50/mo. G-Force Gymnastics, 2613 Bechelli Lane. (530)227-4831. Kindermusik With Lyra; Redding. Come dance, sing & bond while helping your child’s brain develop in the best musical way. Ages birth to 7yrs. Mon OR Tue, 10am, thru 3/17. $175/10 classes, $20/drop-in, includes materials. 11455 Ridgewood Rd. (530)355-4747. Memorable Mondays At All Fired Up; Redding. Enjoy a studio atmosphere & share time together creating memories through painting on ceramics. Studio fee: $3.50/ages 18 & under, $4.50/adults. 11am-5pm. All Fired Up! 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Monday Open Gyms; Redding. Practice your own skills, or have fun watching your child run, jump & tumble. Safe, supervised & fun gym with lots of room to play. Two age sessions: “Tiny Tots” ages 0-8 (older siblings welcome), 11am-12pm; Ages 12+, 6-7pm. $5/child. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Read To Me Book Club; Redding. As part of Raising A Reader, the early literacy program encourages the love of books & prepares children for kindergarten. This special time together includes themed story time & creative art activities. Mondays, 9-10am. $20/mo ($10 Y members), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

Teen Sewing Camp; Redding. Students will take either Sewing 101 or Intro to Pattern Reading levels. Ages 11 & up. Mondays, 3:45-5:45pm. $60/4 classes + materials. Sew Fabulous Studio, 851 Commerce St. (530)221-1608. Tiny Tots Preschool Program; Redding. Socialrecreational program offers developmentally appropriate hands-on activities for preschoolers. Children acquire social & emotional skills along with math, literacy & science concepts. Parents participate twice per month. M-Th, 8:30am12pm, 2/3-27. $162/month or $15/drop-in. MLK Center, 1815 Sheridan St. (530)225-4095.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Making Your Money Work For You; Weed. Nineweek course that creates a better experience with money. Feel relaxed about money, gain important credit information, make the best financial decisions & learn to invest. Ages high school to adult. 5:30-8:30pm. Pre-reg, call for cost info. College of the Siskiyous, 800 College Ave. (530)926-6670 x10. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Dynamic, fun activity for boys & girls in modern facility. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15- 6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm. $50/ mo; free trial. Convenient location. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Dynamic, modern activity program for children develops coordination, flexibility, strength, basic martial arts skills & good manners. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. $50/mo, free trial class. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024.

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Bittie Baby & Me Class; Chico. Today’s topic: Calming Your Crying Baby. Parents w/babies 0-3mos learn current info to promote infant wellness & safety. Make friends in a supportive environment. 10:30am-12pm. Free if you delivered at Enloe; or $15/class. Enloe’s Mother & Baby Education Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., Suite 120. (530)332-3970.

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GOING PLACES FEBRUARY Cheap Skate Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Bring friends & family for a fun night of roller skating. Features weekly themes, games & family “hits” music. All ages. 6:30-8:30pm. $5.50, includes skate rental. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra cheerleading skills practice, or prepare to be an All Star. Learn tumbling skills, jumps, motions & flexibility. For all ages & abilities. $55/mo or $15/ class. T/Th, 3:30-5pm. Chico Cheer All Stars Gym, 13306 Cabin Hollow Ct., Suite #120. (530)894-CCAS. Chico Community Band. Pick up your instrument, dust it off & get ready to play in this wind & percussion ensemble. No auditions, open to musicians ranging from teens to seniors, ages 13+. Performances opportunities. Ongoing Tuesdays, 7-9pm. $10. Chico Junior High School, Band Room 503. (530)895-4711. For Kids At The Turner Art Activities; Chico. Hands-on art activities for kids in grades 1-12 who are interested in art. Led by CSU, Chico art education faculty & students. 3:30-5pm. Free, pre-reg. The Turner Museum, 400 West 1st St. (530)898-4476. Homework Help; Chico. Grades 1-8 can get free help with homework. 3-5pm, no appointment necessary. Chico Library. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Play Chess!; Chico. Learn to play chess with Chico Library teen volunteers. All ages welcome. 3-5pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Preschool Storytimes At Chico Library; Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. 10am & 11am. Free. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Fun, on-going, hands-on science activities for children ages 2-5 & their parents. M/Tu, 9am12pm. $6/hr drop-in or $4/hr w/class card; bring snack. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6 thru adult. M/Tu/Th classes: Ages 6-13, 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+, 7-8:30pm. Unlimited classes $75/ mo. Approved vendor for CORE Butte & S. Sutter schools. Chico Shotokan Karate Martial Arts, 2155 Park Ave. Ste. B. (530)897-0326. Storytime Art; Paradise. This program is designed to provide a time of listening & creating. Fun & creative crafts relate to the story read that day. Bring a small lunch or snack. Ages 3-5. Tuesdayss, 12:15-1:15pm, thru 2/25. $26/ session, pre-reg. Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway. (530)872-6393. Toddler Parenting Class; Chico. Today’s topic: “Going to Visit” led by Jessica Wilkerson, MFT Intern. Learn tips for working with toddlers & discuss with other parents ways to maintain peace & harmony in the family. For parents of toddlers & young school-aged children. No childcare on site. 10:30-11:30am. $10. Therapeutic Fitness, 1216 Sheridan Ave. (530)921-5122.

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ABC/123 Preschool Program; Redding. Kindergarten preparation program for ages 4 & up. Children participate in work centers with activities in science, math, writing, phonics, arts & crafts & P.E. Parents participate twice per month. T/W/Th, 8:30am-12pm, 2/4-27. $120/ month, pre-reg. Enterprise Community Room, 4300 Victor Ave. (530)225-4095. After-School Sewing Camps; Redding. Students learn machine sewing & techniques like seam allowances, grain lines, pinning & pressing. Ages

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6+ T,W or Th 3:30-5:30pm. $60/4 classes + materials. Sew Fabulous Studio, 851 Commerce St. (530)221-1608. Baby Play & Learn Class; Redding. Instructorled “play & learn”-style class where moms, dads & caregivers enjoy special time with their babies. Learn parenting skills, connect with resources, & make friends. Ages birth-18mos. Free, must prereg. Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:30pm. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Barracuda Swim Club; Redding. Prepare your teen for high school swim team with fundamentals of competitive swimming. Includes racing turns & dives, stroke refinement & physical conditioning. Grades 8-12. T/Th, 3:45-5:15pm. $45/mo ($30 Y members), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. Family fun. All bikes, categories & ages welcome. Tue & Fri, 6-7pm (weather permitting). Call for cost. Margaret Polf Park, Shasta Dam Blvd. (530)209-4198.

Chess Group; Redding. Whether you want to learn or practice, enjoy playing chess while instructors observe, give advice & facilitate the fun. Ages youth & adult. Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm. Free (open to all). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Children’s Tuesday Art Classes; Redding. Deborah Salyers offers drawing & painting instruction for ages 5-18, grouped by age. Learn about freehand drawing, shape, form, shading & perspective, using varied mediums. Ages 5-9, 4-5pm; Ages 9-13, 1-2pm, Ages 14-18, 12:302pm. $50/mo, supplies included; must pre-reg. All Fired Up, 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2206. Cooking At The Y; Redding. In this handson class, children chop, measure, taste their creations & clean up - all part of the cooking experience. Ages 5-12. Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm. $20/month (Y members $10), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Family Hip Hop Classes; Redding. Families bond while learning hip hop dance together. Geared for

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all ages & stages of learning. Min. one registered adult for up to 3 registered children. Thursdays, 6:30-7:15pm, 2/6-27. $30/adult, $10/child for 4-class session, by pre-reg. Redding Recreation Teen Center, 58 Quartz Hill Rd. (530)225-4095. G-Force Gymnastics Tues Classes; Redding. Kinder-gym (ages 3-5): intro to tumbling & trampolines; learn safety, basic skills & social interaction, 4-4:45pm, $45/mo. Tumble-fun (ages 6 +), intro to trampoline & tumbling with a focus on strength, nutrition & fun skills for exercise, 4-5pm, $50/mo. 2613 Bechelli Lane. (530)227-4831. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Little ones have a blast with trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. $4/child; supervised free play. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Members of the Shasta Genealogy Society assist with your family history research & questions. Tue, 10am-12pm. Free. Drop-in okay. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7252. Hip Hop For Tots; Redding. Children naturally respond & move to rhythm. Your tot can learn cool age-appropriate hip hop dance moves & activities that enhance motor skill development & increase rhythm & timing awareness. Ages 3-5. Tuesdays, 5:45 -6:30pm, 2/4-25. $26/4 classes, pre-reg. Redding Recreation Teen Center, 58 Quartz Hill Rd. (530)225-4095. Kindermusik With Lyra; Redding. Come dance, sing & bond while helping your child’s brain develop in the best musical way. Ages birth to 7yrs. Mon OR Tue, 10am, thru 3/17. $175/10 classes, $20/drop-in, includes materials. 11455 Ridgewood Rd. (530)355-4747. Lil’ Chefs Classes; Redding. Fun & educational cooking experience for children ages 3-5, who learn about cooperation, directions, shapes, sensory exploration, fine motor skills & more. Tue, 9-10am. $20/mo ($10 Y members), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Tuesday Open Gyms; Redding. Practice your own skills, or watch your child run, jump & tumble in a safe, supervised & fun gym with lots of room to play. Two age sessions: “Tiny Tots” ages 0-8 (older siblings welcome), 11am-12pm; Ages 12+, 7-8pm. $5/child. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Preschool Page Turners; Redding Library. Children ages 3-6 years enjoy storytime, a craft project & music. 10:30am. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Round Table Pizza Family Fun Night; Redding. Fun family night: all-you-can-eat pizza, salad & twists, board games, coloring, face painting & balloons. 6-8pm. $7.49/adults, $4.99/ages 6-10, Kids under 5 free. 900 Dana Dr. (530)223-1975. Story Time; Redding. Join Shasta Community Health in celebrating the joys of reading through a free weekly story held in the Pediatrics waiting room. Book lovers of all ages are welcome. 10am. Main Clinic, 1035 Placer St. (530)229-5124.  Treasured Tuesdays At All Fired Up; Redding. Enjoy painting your own ceramic masterpiece for a special studio fee of $2 (plus price of pottery). All ages. 11am-5pm. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Youth Hip Hop Dance Series; Redding. Ages 6-17 learn hip hop routines from choreographer Fred Vassallo. Styles include breakdancing, popping, locking, house & freestyle. Fun for all skill levels. Tuesdays, 2/4-25; Two age groups: Ages 6-10: 6:30-7:30pm; Ages 11-17: 7:30-8:30pm. $26/4 classes, pre-reg. Redding Recreation Teen Center, 58 Quartz Hill Rd. (530)225-4095.

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GOING PLACES FEBRUARY Youth Martial Arts; Redding. Increase skills & self-confidence. All skill levels. Must know right versus left hand. Ages 6+. T/Th, Beginning 6:307:30pm, Intermediate 7-8pm. $40/mo ($15 Y member). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

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Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects in a creative studio setting. Ages 9 & up (younger w/parent participation). Tu/W/Th, 2:30-5pm. Free. Siskiyou Arts Bus, east side of Mount Shasta Library, 515 Alma St. (530)859-2309. Eat Healthy McCloud. Need assistance with Cal-Fresh? McCloud Community Resource Center can help. Get nutrition tips. Fresh produce avail. to McCloud residents. T/Th, 10am-12pm. Free. 304 W. Minnesota Ave. (530)964-3250. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Dynamic, fun activity for boys & girls in modern facility. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15-6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15-6:15pm. $50/mo; free trial. Convenient location. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Dynamic, modern activity program for children develops coordination, flexibility, strength, basic martial arts skills & good manners. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. $50/mo, free trial class. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024.

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School Readiness Playgroup; Gerber. Join the fun at this developmental & educational play group for ages 0-5. Explore with crafts, rhymes, songs, outdoor activities & book reading. 1011:30am, thru 2/25. Free. Former Gerber Fire Dept. 331 San Benito Ave. (530)384-7833.

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Blue Oak School Tours; Chico. This K-8 public charter school focuses on Waldorf-based methods. Take a tour of the school & learn about its enriching educational program. 9-11:30am. 450 E. 1st Ave. (530)879-7483. Chess At The Oroville Library. Come play!

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3-6pm. Free. 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Children’s Storytime; Oroville. Enjoy songs, stories, music & craft activities. Ages 3-5. 11am12pm. Free. Oroville Library Meeting Room, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Homework Help; Chico. Grades 1-8 can get free help with homework. 3-5pm, no appointment necessary. Chico Library. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Junior Paradise Friends Of The Library. Youth group meets monthly to plan fun programs & activities for teens & to make the public library a more teen-friendly place. 1st Wednesday. Ages 12-17. 4pm. 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Mid-Week Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Geared for preschool age & younger. 11am. 2031 Dr. Martin Luther King Pkwy. (530)894-1494. Nature Fun Activities; Chico. Children age 2-5 & their parents enjoy fun hands-on activities that involve nature. 9am-1pm. $6/hr drop-in or $4/hr w/class card; bring snack. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Nurturing Parenting Classes; Chico. Raising children doesn’t have to be a series of confrontations. Learn nurturing skills to care for & foster growth in yourself & others. For adults. Wednesdays, thru 3/12, 9am-12pm, drop-in okay. Free. Butte College Skyway Center, 2480 Notre Dame Blvd. (530)897-6235.

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After-School Sewing Camps; Redding. Students learn machine sewing & techniques like seam allowances, grain lines, pinning & pressing. Ages 6+. T,W or Th, 3:30-5:30pm. $60/4 classes + materials. Sew Fabulous Studio, 851 Commerce St. (530)221-1608. Art Classes For Teens; Redding. Deborah Salyers offers drawing & painting instruction for ages 14-18. Learn about freehand drawing, shape, form, shading & perspective, using varied mediums. 3:30-5pm. $50/mo, supplies included; must pre-reg. All Fired Up, 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2206. Baby Sign Language At Redding Library. Parents learn to communicate with their babies using sign language. Ages 0-5. 11am. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Discipline That Works; Redding. Informal group setting offered by First 5 Shasta where

parents & others caring for children share ideas, information & support. Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm, year-round. Free, drop-in okay, professional childcare avail. Lassen View Elementary, 705 Loma Vista Dr. (530)225-0350. Drop-in Basketball Open Gym; Anderson. Supervised basketball program is open to youth grades 6-12. 6:30-8:30pm, thru 5/28. Free. Anderson Middle School, 1646 Ferry St. Sponsored by Anderson Parks and Recreation. (530)378-6656. Families Honoring Our Troops; Redding. Action & support group works on projects to honor our troops. Meets 1st Wednesday. All welcome. 6pm. IHOP Restaurant, Hilltop Dr. (530)241-6095. G-Force Gymnastics Wed Classes; Redding. Kinder-gym (ages 3-5): intro to tumbling & trampolines; learn safety, basic skills & social interaction, 6-6:45pm, $45/mo. Tumble-fun (ages 6 +), intro to trampoline & tumbling with a focus on strength, nutrition & fun skills for exercise, 6-7pm, $50/mo. Middle school power tumble enhances skills for cheer & gymnastics; 7-8pm $50/mo. 2613 Bechelli Lane. (530)227-4831. Genealogy Research Assistance; Redding Library. Learn to research records to find your family history. Members of the Shasta Genealogy Society assist. Every Wed & Sat, 1-4pm. Free, drop-in okay. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7252. Movie Mania; Redding Library. Free family movie & popcorn in the library’s children’s storyroom. Features children’s titles, most rated G, some PG. 4pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Music & Me; Redding. “Parent & me”-style class designed to promote basic music skills in preschool children, through music & movement activities. Ages 1-5. Wednesdays, 9-10am. $20/ mo (Y Members $10/mo), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Programs; Redding. Kindernastics: Intro to gymnastics equipment & fun social interaction; ages 3-5, 6-6:45pm, $40/mo. Artistic Gymnastics classes for boys & girls: learn floor, bars, beam & vault, & trampoline; ages 4-12yrs, 3 hourly classes between 4-7pm, $50/mo. 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Preschool Storytime; Cottonwood. Come join the fun, with stories, songs, & games too! 11:30am-12:30pm. Cottonwood Community

Library, 3427 Main St. (530)347-4818. Work Of Art Wednesday; Redding. Families create works of art together at All Fired Up paint-your-own ceramics studio. Perfect for homeschoolers & after-school activity. $2.50 studio fee, plus cost of pottery. 11am-5pm. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Youth Softball Pitching Camps: Beginning Fastpitch; Redding. Learn fundamental mechanics of the windmill softball fast pitch (traditional & “new” styles). Participants must bring their own catcher. Parents encouraged to attend. Wednesdays, 2/5-26. Ages 7-10: 4-5pm; Ages 11 & up: 5-6pm. $10/day or $35/4 lessons; by pre-reg. Nor-Cal Complex, 20299 Charlanne Dr. (530)225-4095.

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Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects in a creative studio setting. Ages 9 & up (younger w/parent participation). Tu/W/Th, 2:30-5pm. Free. Siskiyou Arts Bus, east side of Mount Shasta Library, 515 Alma St. (530)859-2309. Ballroom Dance Classes; Weed. Fun, supportive environment. Learn the smooth & the Latin dances, how to lead or follow, & develop technique. Solo dancers welcome. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm. $7/ adult; $5/youth; $20/4 classes; Wellness Center members $20/8 classes. School Hill Wellness Center, 778 S. Davis St. (415)215-2652. Children’s Storytime Dunsmuir Library. Children of all ages (infants welcome) enjoy stories & a snack. Adult must accompany child. 3:30-4:30pm. 5714 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)235-2035. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Dynamic, fun activity for boys & girls in modern facility. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15-6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15-6:15pm. $50/mo; free trial. Convenient location. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024. Songs & Stories For Young People; Mt. Shasta. Children ages 0-5 enjoy fun stories & sing along to live music. An adult must accompany young children. 10:30am. Mt. Shasta Community Library, 515 East Alma St. (530)926-2031. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Dynamic, modern activity program for children develops coordination, flexibility,

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GOING PLACES FEBRUARY strength, basic martial arts skills & good manners. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. $50/mo, free trial class. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024.

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After-School Storytime; Chico. Summertime stories & crafts for ages 6-9yrs. 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Babies Love Books; Oroville. Babies & their families will enjoy connecting through rhymes, songs, bounces & books. Ages 0-18 months. 10am. Free. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7641. Béla Fleck & Brooklyn Rider Concert; Chico. Béla Fleck, one of the world’s leading banjo players, teams with Brooklyn Rider, a “new music” string quartet. These talented musicians come together for an imaginative & adventurous performance of stringed sounds. Ages 18+. 7:30pm. $21-$35. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6333. 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 Thursdays, 11am-1pm. Butte College Foster/ Kinship Care Ed 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. $55/mo or $15/class. T/Th, 3:305pm. Chico Cheer All Stars Gym, 13306 Cabin Hollow Ct., Suite #120. (530)894-CCAS. Chico Doula Circle Workshop; Chico. Educational workshops related to pregnancy, labor, birth & breastfeeding. Hosted by four local doulas. All ages. 1st & 3rd Thursday, 7-8:30pm. Free. La Casita Primera Preschool, 2035 Esplanade. (530)513-4049. Chico Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. Playgroup & support network for homeschooling & unschooling children & parents. Independent & inclusive, all homeschoolers welcome! 1-4pm. Free. Call for location & group info. (530)228-7078. Creative Art Activities; Chico. Ongoing handson art activities designed for children ages 2-5 & their parents. Th/F, 10:30am-12pm. $6/hr drop-in or $4/hr w/class card; bring snack. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Fiddler On The Roof Musical; Chico. A classic favorite that touches audiences with its universal theme. Rich in historical & ethnic detail, Fiddler is based on family, tradition & faith. Live orchestra & large cast. 7:30pm. $18.50. California Regional Theatre. 1475 East Ave. (1-800)722-4522. Grease Musical; Chico. Two teenagers reunite after a summer of love only to deal with peer pressure & high school woes. The stage will light up with classic songs like “Summer Lovin,’” “Greased Lightning,” “Beauty School Drop Out” & other favorites. 7:30pm. $20/adult, $12/child. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Rd. (530)894-3282. Hooks & Needlers Sewing Circle; Paradise. For those who love to knit & crochet; bring your projects. All ages.12pm. Free. Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Infant & Toddler Storytime; Paradise. Songs, story & music for little ones ages 0-3. 10am. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Mom-2-Mom Support Group; Paradise. Weekly group for mothers offering support on a wide

variety of parenting topics. Children welcome. 10:30am-12pm. Free. Paradise Community Church of the Nazarene, 311 Circlewood Ln. (530)876-2518. Parenting Teens Class; Chico. Today’s topic: Friends & Peer Relationships; led by Jessica Wilkerson, MFT intern. Learn tips for working with teens & discuss with other parents ways to find more harmony in your family. For parents of tweens & teens. 1-2pm. $10. Therapeutic Fitness, 1216 Sheridan Ave. (530)921-5122. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6 thru adult. M/Tu/Th classes: Ages 6-13, 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+, 7-8:30pm. Unlimited classes $75/ mo. Approved vendor for CORE Butte & S. Sutter schools. Chico Shotokan Karate Martial Arts, 2155 Park Ave. Ste. B. (530)897-0326. Storytime At Durham Library. Enjoy stories, songs & a craft. 10am. Free. 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835.

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“Accelerate” Leadership Development Program; Redding. Helps high school students discover & develop leadership skills, & connects them with people & resources in the community who will invest in their success. 4-6pm, thru 4/24. $45/school year (Y Members $40), siblings $35; pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. After-School Sewing Camps; Redding. Students learn machine sewing & techniques like seam allowances, grain lines, pinning & pressing. Ages 6+ T,W or Th 3:30-5:30pm. $60/4 classes + materials. Sew Fabulous Studio, 851 Commerce St. (530)221-1608. Anderson Farmers Market; Anderson. Farmfresh produce & handmade crafts & goods. 7:30am-1pm, year-round, rain or shine! Shasta Outlets, 1699 Hwy 273. (530)357-4314. Anderson Library Storytime. Children act out the story Stephanie’s Ponytail. Presented by Lindsay Treece, independent hair stylist from Ste’Bon Salon. Girls get a ponytail & boys get spiked hair. Each child gets a free comb. 3:30pm. Free. 3200 W. Center St. (530)365-7685. Animal Parade On The Boardwalk; Redding. Hang with Spike, the porcupine, Gidget, the cockatoo, & other Turtle Bay animal celebrities as one of them leads the way down the Turtle Bay Boardwalk, weather permitting. Th & Sun, 1:30pm, thru 2/16. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Barracuda Swim Club; Redding. Prepare your teen for high school swim team with fundamentals of competitive swimming. Includes racing turns & dives, stroke refinement & physical conditioning. Grades 8-12. T/Th, 3:45-5:15pm. $45/mo ($30 Y members), pre-reg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Bereaved Parents Support Group; Redding. For parents or grandparents grieving the death of a child of any age. 1st & 3rd Th, 7-8:30pm. Free, drop-ins welcome. 5-week children & teens grief support groups also available based on need; call for info. Mercy Medical Center Board Room, 2175 Rosaline Ave. (530)245-4070. Children’s Thursday Art Classes; Redding. Deborah Salyers offers drawing & painting instruction for ages 5-18, grouped by age. Learn about freehand drawing, shape, form, shading & perspective, using varied mediums. Ages 5-9, 1-2pm; Ages 9-13, 2:30-3:30pm, Ages 14-18, 4-5:30. $50/mo, supplies included; must pre-reg. All Fired Up, 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)222-2206.

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Children ages birth to 7 years sing, dance and experience joyful, musically rich play at Kindermusik With Lyra classes designed to help them develop language, social, emotional and physical skills, as well as a lifelong love for music. See the 3rd or 4th (Shasta County). Photo: Lyra Joseffson.

G-Force Gymnastics Thurs Classes; Redding. Kinder-gym (ages 3-5): intro to tumbling & trampolines; learn safety, basic skills & social interaction, 4-4:45pm, $45/mo. Tumble-fun (ages 6 +), intro to trampoline & tumbling with a focus on strength, nutrition & fun skills for exercise, 4-5pm, $50/mo. 2613 Bechelli Lane. (530)227-4831. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Little ones have a blast with trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. $4/child; supervised free play. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Little Explorers: Our Dog Friends; Redding. Discover the world of dogs with activities & stories for ages 2-5 & their caregivers. Presented by Bruce, Michelle, Rachael, Ryan & Thomas Lutz. 10am. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Thursday Open Gyms; Redding. Children run, jump & tumble in a safe, supervised & fun environment with lots of room to play. Includes bounce house. “Tiny Tots” ages 0-8, 11am-12pm; Ages 8+, 5-6pm. Ages 0-5 must be with adult; siblings welcome. $5/child (adult free). 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Wii Games; Redding Library. Bring friends & have fun playing a wide selection of Wii games. Ages 10-17. 4-5pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Youth Agility Classes: Redding. Have fun, increase flexibility, balance & reinforce motor skills in this class just for youth. Ages 5 & up. Th/F, 4-5pm. $8/class (free for Y members). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Youth Martial Arts; Redding. Increase skills & selfconfidence. All skill levels. Must know right versus left hand. Ages 6+. T/Th, Beginning 6:30-7:30pm, Intermediate 7-8pm. $40/mo ($15 Y member). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Youth Yoga; Redding. A great introductory class for youth, relaxing & strengthening the mind and body. Thu, 5:15-5:45pm. Free (Y member); $8 drop-in (non Y member). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects in a creative studio setting. Ages

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9 & up (younger w/parent participation). Tu/W/Th, 2:30-5pm. Free. Siskiyou Arts Bus, east side of Mount Shasta Library, 515 Alma St. (530)859-2309. Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. Learn the smooth & the Latin dances, & how to lead or follow. Fun, supportive environment develops technique & skills. Solo dancers welcome. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm $7/class; $5/youth; $20/4 classes. Wellness Center members $20/8 classes. Mt. Shasta Wellness Center, 633 Lassen Ln. (530)926-6010.

Eat Healthy McCloud. Need assistance with CalFresh? McCloud Community Resource Center can help. Get nutrition tips. Fresh produce avail. to McCloud residents. T/Th, 11am-1pm. Free. 304 W. Minnesota Ave. (530)964-3250. Family Tubing Night; Mt. Shasta. Weather permitting, families can enjoy an evening of winter fun on Mt. Shasta Ski Park’s groomed 300-ft tubing hill. $69 includes 4 tubing or lift tickets, tubes, large 2-topping pizza & 4 sodas. Ski Park Highway of Hwy 89. Call for times & conditions. (530)926-8610. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Dynamic, fun activity for boys & girls in modern facility. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:15-6:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15-6:15pm. $50/mo; free trial. Convenient location. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Dynamic, modern activity program for children develops coordination, flexibility, strength, basic martial arts skills & good manners. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. $50/mo, free trial class. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline class/studio sessions for all ages & skill levels, taught by Anastasia Nelson; includes time to work on personal projects. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. $20/drop-in (space allowing) or pre-reg $45/3-classes; includes materials. Red Bluff Art Gallery, 601 Walnut St. (530)529-1332. School Readiness Playgroup; Corning. Join

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the fun at this developmental & educational play group for ages 0-5. Explore with crafts, rhymes, songs, outdoor activities & book reading. 1011:30am, thru 2/27. Free. First Steps Family Resource Center, 1480 South St. (530)824-4111.

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Chapmantown Farmers Market; Chico. Offers fresh produce & may include (varies weekly) children’s activities, community garden exchange & health forum info. Cal Fresh EBT accepted. 2-5:30pm, year-round. Community Park, 1010 Cleveland Ave. (next to Chapman School). (530)592-0889. Creative Art Activities; Chico. Ongoing handson art activities designed for children ages 2-5 & their parents. Th/F, 10:30am-12pm. $6/ hr drop-in or $4/hr w/class card; bring snack. Sunny Garden Montessori, 2801 Godman Ave. (530)343-3101. Family Swim; Chico. Everyone’s invited to swim in a great indoor facility. Parent supervision required. All ages; under 3yrs must wear swim diapers. 5-8pm. $2/person. Chico WaterSprites, 2280 Ivy St., Suite 110. (530)342-2999. Fantastic Friday Playgroup; Chico. An entire gym is open for play, for ages walking-5yrs with an adult (max 2 kids per adult). 1st & 3rd Fridays,10am-12pm. $10 (members $5); siblings +$1. Athletic Horizons, 415 Otterson Dr. (530)893-4967. Fiddler On The Roof Musical; Chico. A classic favorite that touches audiences with its universal theme. Rich in historical & ethnic detail, Fiddler is based on family, tradition & faith. Live orchestra & large cast. 7:30pm. $18.50. California Regional Theatre. 1475 East Ave. (1-800)722-4522. Grease Musical; Chico. Two teenagers reunite after a summer of love only to deal with peer pressure & high school woes. The stage will light up with classic songs like “Summer Lovin,’” “Greased Lightning,” “Beauty School Drop Out” & other favorites. 7:30pm. $20/adult, $12/child. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Rd. (530)8943282. Kids In Motion Kids’ Night Out; Chico. Themed night of crafts, food & fun for kids. Ages: 3-10, must be potty trained. 6-9:30pm. $18/ child, sibling discount; must pre-reg. In Motion Fitness, 1293 E. 1st Ave. (530)895-5437. Rowell’s Pals Playgroup; Chico. A diverse playgroup for parents & little ones ages 1-5, of all abilities. Come sing, dance, read & play. Call for times. Free, pre-reg encouraged. Rowell Family Empowerment of N. CA, 3075 Cohasset Rd., #2. (530)899-8801. Storytime & Crafts At Paradise Library; Bring little ones ages 3-5 to enjoy stories, craft making, & songs too! 11-11:45am. 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Storytime At Gridley Library. Storytime, music & crafting fun for children of all ages. 10am. 299 Spruce St. (530)846-3323. TAO: Phoenix Rising Taiko Drums Performance; Chico. In a performance of extraordinary precision, energy & stamina, athletic bodies & dramatic costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming & innovative choreography. Expect nonstop action. All ages. 7:30pm. $19-$33. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6333. Teen Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Bring friends & enjoy an evening of roller skating & dancing. Skating 7-9:30pm for any age. Dancing 9:30-


GOING PLACES FEBRUARY 11pm for teens/preteens only. Skating from $5.75- $6.25, skate rental $2-$3. Dancing $5. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530)343-1601. Toddler Storytimes At Chico Library. Stories, songs & action rhymes for ages 3 & under. Two sessions: 10am & 11am. Free. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Black-light bowling with good music. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. $16/ person/3hrs, includes shoes; or $5/game + $2.50/shoe rental. Orchard Lanes, 2397 Esplanade. (530)895-3257.

SHASTA COUNTY

Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. Family fun. All bikes, categories & ages welcome. Tue & Fri, 6-7pm (weather permitting). Call for cost. Margaret Polf Park, Shasta Dam Blvd. (530)209-4198. Chinese Storytime At Redding Library. Monthly bilingual (Mandarin & English) storytime with songs & craft. 1st Friday. All ages. Free. 11:30am. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Creature Feature Program; Redding. Meet the real stars of Turtle Bay…the animals. This meet & greet brings out a different animal each week for guests to meet up close. 1:30pm, thru 2/14. Free w/Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Family Fun Bowling & Pizza Night; Redding. Bring friends & family for 2 hours of unlimited bowling. Includes one 2-topping pizza & pitcher of soda. Ages 4 & up. Mon & Fri, 6:30-8:30pm. $50/lane (up to 8 bowlers); includes shoes. Shasta Lanes, 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773. Family Fun Night Skate; Redding. Great night of family fun & healthy exercise featuring old-school music of the 70s & 80s. Safe & supervised. All ages. 7:30-10:30pm. $5, includes skates. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. Friday Kid’s Day At All Fired Up; Redding. Kids have fun painting from 11am-8pm. Specialty paints, stamps, stencils & sponges available to help create a work of ceramic art. Studio fee: $3.50/child, $4.50/teens & adults; (plus cost of pottery). 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Little ones have a blast with trampolines, foam pits, tumble tracks & much more. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. $4/child; supervised free play. 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Go Redding Luncheon; Redding. Shasta Regional Medical Center’s annual luncheon focusing on health. Boutique shopping, too. 11am-1:45pm. Holiday Inn, 1900 Hilltop Dr. (530)244-5412. John Gorka Concert; Redding. Legendary singer-songwriter & folk music icon John Gorka comes to Redding for the first time, presented by the Oaksong Society. All ages. 8pm. $20, tix avail. at Music Connection (3086 Bechelli Ln.). Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd. (530)223-2040. Music Adventures; Redding. Ages 9mos to 4yrs. Students are introduced to musical instruments & music appreciation in a fun setting. Parent involvement required. Instructor is Sylvia Hill. Fridays, 9:30-10am, 2/7-28. $26/4 classes, pre-reg. Enterprise Community Rm, 4300 Victor Ave. (530)225-4095. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Friday Open Gyms; Redding. Children run, jump & tumble in

a safe, supervised & fun environment with lots of room to play. Includes bounce house. “Tiny Tots” ages 0-8, with adult; siblings welcome. 11am-12pm. $5/child (adult free). 4425 Tenaya Ct. (530)223-5483. Pajama Day; Redding. Preschool children can visit the Manzanita YMCA Collaborative Preschool in their pajamas to celebrate the story of The Three Bears. A snack & fun activities highlight the story; children take home their own book to keep. 8:45-10am. Free, prereg. Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622. Rock ‘N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Enjoy a night of bowling, laser light show, music & fun. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight, $15, price includes shoe rental. 11093 Black Marble Way. (530)244-5773. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. Bowling with music & light show. $12, includes shoes & sodas. Fri, 9-11pm. 1701 Bruce Dr. (530)365-3323. Shrek The Musical; Redding. This fun Redding School of the Arts musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. Features a terrific score of all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing & Broadwaycaliber costumes. Ages 4 & up. 7pm. Buy tix on Cascade Theatre’s website. $6-$8. David Marr Auditorium, 2200 Eureka Way. (530)243-8877. Toddler Tales Storytime At Redding Library. Enjoy stories, music & crafts in the children’s story room. Ages 1½-3yrs. 10:30am. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Youth Agility Classes: Redding. Have fun, increase flexibility, balance & reinforce motor skills in this class just for youth. Ages 5 & up. Th/F, 4-5pm. Free (Y member); $8 drop-in (non Y member). Shasta Family YMCA, 1155 N. Court St. (530)246-9622.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Avalanche Awareness Clinic; Mt. Shasta. Learn the basics of avalanche safety. Great info & refresher class for anyone who snowmobiles, skis, snowboards or snowshoes in back country. Hands-on transceiver clinic 2/8. All ages, middle school to adult suggested. 7pm. Free. Casa Ramos Mexican Restaurant, 1136 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)926-4511. Painting For Teens & Adults; Mt. Shasta. Learn to paint realistically with Alek Balos. Fri, 1-4pm, Sat, 12-3pm. $30 per class or $20 per class (for 6 week session). A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Dynamic, modern activity program for children develops coordination, flexibility, strength, basic martial arts skills & good manners. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. $50/mo, free trial class. Mt. Shasta Martial Arts Program, 612-A S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)859-2024.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline class/studio sessions for all ages & skill levels, taught by Anastasia Nelson; includes time to work on personal projects. Th/F, 12:302:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. $20/drop-in (space allowing) or pre-reg $45/3-classes; includes materials. Red Bluff Art Gallery, 601 Walnut St. (530)529-1332.

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“Clowning Around” Day; Chico. Get ready to party under the big top! Children will the circus theme for the day at KidsPark. Ages 2-12. 10am-11pm. $25 annual reg fee plus hourly rate. Call for prices. 2477 Forest Ave. #190. (530)894-6800. Fiddler On The Roof Musical; Chico. A classic favorite that touches audiences with its universal theme. Rich in historical & ethnic detail, Fiddler is based on family, tradition & faith. Live orchestra & large cast. 7:30pm. $18.50. California Regional Theatre. 1475 East Ave. (1-800)722-4522. Grandparenting Class; Chico. Grandparents learn Infant-Child CPR techniques, infant safe sleep recommendations, benefits of breastfeeding & tips on how to support their adult children & new family. 12-2:30pm. $35/person, pre-reg. Enloe Mother & Baby Ed.Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., Suite #120. (530)332-3970. Grease Musical; Chico. Two teenagers reunite after a summer of love only to deal with peer pressure & high school woes. The stage will light up with classic songs like “Summer Lovin,’” “Greased Lightning,” “Beauty School Drop Out” & other favorites. 7:30pm. $20/adult, $12/child. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Rd. (530)894-3282. Infant/Pediatric CPR Class; Chico. Learn to make your child’s environment safe, how to prevent the most common childhood accidents, & infant/child CPR techniques. 9-11:30pm. Adults only. $35/person, pre-reg. Enloe Mother & Baby Ed.Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., Suite #120. (530)332-3970. Mardi Gras Party; Paradise. This fun Mardi Gras style fundraiser benefits the Paradise Center for Tolerance & Nonviolence. Live music, silent auction, free snacks. Call for tix info. 7-11:30pm. Paradise Ridge Senior Center, 877 Nunneley Rd. (530)877-1856 Spanish Storytime; Chico. Monthly storytime features stories, songs & a craft for all ages, in Spanish. 2pm. Free. Chico Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Super Spiders Preschool Workshop; Chico. Learn what makes spiders so super & why they are great to have around. Tale a walk to see where they live, make a spider craft & meet Ellie, the center’s friendly tarantula. Ages 3-5. 11am12pm. $12/child. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. 8th St. (530)891-4671. Brand-New Stories To Share Storytime; Chico. Come enjoy new stories (plus a few older favorites)! 2pm. See the 1st. Chico Certified Farmers Market; Chico. 7:30am-1pm year-round at 2nd & Wall St. See the 1st. Chico Cheer All Stars Open Gym; Chico. All ages/abilities welcome. 10am-12pm. See the 1st. Family Night Skate At Cal Skate; Chico. 6:309pm. See the 1st. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Chico. Kids make fun craft while parents shop. Ages 3 & up. 10am, 10:30am, 11am & 11:30am. $2/class. See the 1st. Roo’s Zoo Kids Skate Session; Chico. Ages 10 & under; strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. See the 1st. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 1st. Yo-Yo Club Practice; Chico. Have fun learning the yo-yo. Free lessons & practice. 12-2pm. See the 1st.

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Flight Time Weekend At ScienceWorks; Ashland. Learn the science behind one of our greatest inventions, flight! Explore the possibilities through live demos with real aircraft & your own flying innovation. 10am-5pm. $7/ child (ages 2-12), $9/adult. 1500 E. Main St. (541)482-6767.

SHASTA COUNTY

Family Saturdays: Mini-Skyscraper City; Redding. Build a “mini-skyscraper” & test its integrity with various weather scenarios. For inspiration, KIXE will show excerpts from the “Super Skyscrapers” series. Winners receive awards & will be featured on Turtle Bay’s Facebook page. All ages. 11am-3pm. Free w/ Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Frosty Fun Run; Redding. All ages can race or just run for fun in 3 age categories. Today’s courses: 2 miles or 4.3 miles. Series of races culminate in a championship event on 3/8; run in one or all. Reg on race day 7-8am, starts 8am; rain or shine. $3. LEMA Ranch, 800 Shasta View Dr. (530)526-3076. Kidz Nite Out; Redding. Enjoy pizza & activities on this fun night for kids. Ages 4-14. 7-10:30pm. $15/child, additional child discount. Galaxy Gymnastics, 910 Wall St. (530)222-4GYM. Kinder Art; Redding. An informal art class for tots ages 18months-5yrs. Participants socialize, improve their dexterity & learn about art in a safe, fun setting. Children play with Playdo, paint, color, & make simple projects at art stations. Saturdays, 9-9:45am, 2/8-3/1. $35/4 classes, includes

materials; pre-reg. Enterprise Community Rm, 4300 Victor Ave. (530)225-4095. Lonestar Anniversary Tour Concert; Redding. Expect a night of country music to remember as this multi-platinum country music quartet celebrates their 20-year anniversary. Lonestar has sold over 10 million albums & achieved ten #1 hits, including “No News” & “Amazed.” 7:30pm. $34-$54. Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market St. (530)243-8877. Parent Night Out; Anderson. Parents can treat themselves to a night out & kids have fun too! 5-9pm. $10/child. Adventure Recreation Center, 2250 Barney Rd. (530)365-2235. Pointe Shoe Decorating Class; Redding. Decorate a pointe shoe with glitter & rhinestones. Make this pretty craft to decorate your wall. Ages 3 & up. 10-11:30am or 12-1:30pm. Call to reserve a spot. $20. Soleus, 862 Butte St. (530)242-1234. Safe Haven Horse Rescue’s Volunteer Work Day & Lunch; Cottonwood. Meet rescued horses & learn about the ranch. Help brush, groom, give out treats, clean water barrels & pens, organize & clean tack & tack room, & help with projects. Lunch served to volunteers. 2nd Saturday. 9am3pm. 3950 W. Anderson Rd. (530)347-4941. Shrek The Musical; Redding. This fun Redding School of the Arts musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. Features a terrific score of all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing & Broadway-caliber costumes. Ages 4 & up. 2pm & 7pm. Buy tix on Cascade Theatre’s website. $6-$8. David Marr Auditorium, 2200 Eureka Way. (530)243-8877. Valentine’s Arts & Crafts Sale; Palo Cedro.

Fourth annual event features handmade gifts & crafts for Valentine’s Day. Includes floral arrangements, cards, hats, scarves, photographs & paintings. All ages. 11am-4:30pm. Free. Good Times Pizza, 22049 Old 44 Dr. (530)547-4555. Date Night At All Fired Up; Redding. Relax & unwind while enjoying creative fun together. 5-8pm. See the 1st. Family Day At All Fired Up; Redding. Families create works of art together. 11am-5pm. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym; Redding. 10:30am-12:30pm. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. See the 1st. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Redding. Kids make fun craft while parents shop. Ages 3 & up. 10am, 10:30am, 11am & 11:30am. $2/class. See the 1st. Kids On Wheels; Redding. Special skate time for ages 10 & under. Parents can skate too! 1011:30am. See the 1st. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Saturday Open Gyms; Redding. Two sessions. “Tiny Tots” ages 0-8, 11am-12pm; Ages 8+, 12-2pm. See the 1st. Rock ‘N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. For tweens & young teens. Skate 7-9pm; Dance 9-11pm. See the 1st. Survival! Indoor Animal Show; Redding. See animal “stars” from Turtle Bay’s Walk on the Wild Side summer animal show. 1:30pm. See the 1st. Youth Yoga; Redding. A great introductory class for youth, relaxing & strengthening the mind and body. 9:45-10:15am. See the 1st.

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Avalanche Center Companion Rescue/ Beacon Training; Mt. Shasta. Hands-on training for effectively using an avalanche beacon for backcountry companion rescue, recommended for winter snowsports enthusiasts. Presented by the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center. Outdoor training - dress appropriately. Ages middle school to adult. 9am. Free. Meet at The Fifth Season, 300 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. (530)926-4511. Ballroom & Latin Dance Class & Practice Party; Mt. Shasta. Learn ballroom dances from fun pro instructors then practice your moves at a dance party. All ages & levels. 7-10pm, 2nd & 4th Saturdays. $5/youth lesson; $7/adult lesson; $10/lesson+dance. Mt. Shasta City Park’s Dudes & Daises Bldg. 1350 Nixon Rd. (415)215-2652. Painting For Teens & Adults; Mt. Shasta. Learn to paint realistically with Alek Balos. Fri, 1-4pm, Sat, 12-3pm. $30 per class or $20 per class (for 6 week session). A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296. Shasta Disabled Sports Nordic & Snowshoe Day; Mt. Shasta. Fun day of snowshoeing & cross country skiing geared for participants of all ages and all disabilities. Potluck lunch & fire to keep warm & energized. Weather permitting. Free, by pre-reg. 10am-2pm. Mount Shasta Nordic Center, Ski Park Hwy off Hwy 89. (530)925-1531. Siskiyou Sled Dog Races; Weed. Fun free family weekend event. View or volunteer in the ancient tradition of sled dog races. Starts 9am. Check the Siskiyou Dog Sled Races website for details. Deer Mountain/Chuck Best Memorial Snowmobile Park, Hwy 97 13mi NE of Weed. (530)926-3641.


GOING PLACES FEBRUARY TEHAMA COUNTY

Almond Blossom Ball; Red Bluff. This all-ages, semi-formal dinner/dance is a fundraiser for the Whittenberg Country School arts program. 5pm dinner, 6-9pm dance. $12/adult, $6/youth (414), ages 3 & under free; advanced tix purchase recommended. Veterans’ Hall, 735 Oak St. (530)526-7649. Frontier Village Farmers Market; Red Bluff. Year-round certified market. 8am-1pm, rain or shine. See the 1st. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st.

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Fiddler On The Roof Musical Final Performance; Chico. A classic favorite that touches audiences with its universal theme. Rich in historical & ethnic detail, Fiddler is based on family, tradition & faith. Live orchestra & large cast. 2pm. $18.50. California Regional Theatre. 1475 East Ave. (1-800)722-4522. Grease Musical Final Performance:; Chico. Two teenagers reunite after a summer of love only to deal with peer pressure & high school woes. The stage will light up with classic songs like “Summer Lovin,” “Greased Lightning,” “Beauty School Drop Out” & other favorites. 2pm. $20/ adult, $12/child. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Rd. (530)894-3282. Lonestar Anniversary Tour Concert; Chico. This country rock band & CMA Vocal Group of the Year has ten No.1 country hits, a Billboard No.1 album & AMC awards for Single & Song of the Year. Country fans will love this special 20th anniversary performance. Ages 18+. 7:30pm. $30-$50. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6333.

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Valentine Treats, Mt. Shasta. Make something sweet for Valentine’s Day as part of a special gift. Many options available. Ages teen-adult. 1pm. $15. Must pre-reg. A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296.

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MONDAY

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Open House: Alternative Learning/ Special Needs Class; Chico. Find out about the alternative learning/special needs class at Chico Cristian School. Classroom visit: 1-3pm (room 613); Information meeting: 6:307:30pm (CCS Library). Free. 2801 Notre Dame Blvd. (530)879-8989 Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Fun ongoing hands-on science enrichment activities for children ages 2-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 3rd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-adults. M/Tu/Th classes: Ages 6-13, 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+, 7-8:30pm. See the 3rd.

SHASTA COUNTY

Lincoln’s Day Skate; Redding. Rain or shine, it’s always fun (& healthy) to roller skate. All ages. 12-4pm. $4, includes skate rental. Parents of skating children skate for $2. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. Baby Bookworms; Redding Library. For infants & toddlers ages 6mos-2½yrs, with their caregiver. 10:30am. Free. See the 3rd. Family Fun Bowling & Pizza Night; Redding. Bring friends & family for 2 hrs of unlimited bowling. Includes pizza. Ages 4 & up. Mon & Fri, 6:30-8:30pm. See the 3rd.

Kindermusik With Lyra; Redding. Come dance, sing & bond while helping your child’s brain develop in the best musical way. 10am. See the 3rd. Memorable Mondays At All Fired Up; Redding. Creative studio time for families. 11am-5pm. See the 3rd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Monday Open Gyms; Redding. Two age sessions: “Tiny Tots” ages 0-8 (older siblings welcome), 11am-12pm; Ages 12+, 6-7pm. See the 3rd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:156:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15-6:15pm. See the 3rd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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TUESDAY

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Bittie Baby & Me Class; Chico. Today’s topic: Becoming A New Parent. Parents w/babies 0-3mos learn current info to promote infant wellness & safety. Make friends in a supportive environment. 10:30am-12pm. Free if you delivered at Enloe; or $15/class. Enloe’s Mother & Baby Education Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., Suite 120. (530)332-3970. Family Special Needs Pot Luck & Support Group; Chico. Raising a child with special needs is challenging; build a supportive network & share. Children welcome, homework help & childcare provided. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays. Potluck

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Flight Time Weekend At ScienceWorks; Ashland. Learn the science behind one of our greatest inventions, flight! Explore the possibilities through live demonstrations with real aircraft & your own flying innovation. 10am-5pm. $7/child (ages 2-12), $9/adult. 1500 E. Main St. (541)482-6767.

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SISKIYOU COUNTY

Siskiyou Sled Dog Races; Weed. Fun free family weekend event. View or volunteer in the ancient tradition of sled dog races. Starts 9am. Check the Siskiyou Dog Sled Races website for details. Deer Mountain/Chuck Best Memorial Snowmobile Park, Hwy 97 13mi NE of Weed. (530)926-3641.

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Youth Catchers’ Clinic; Redding. Coach Natasha Hawkins teaches proper stance, catching, framing, blocking, throwing, covering home plate, fielding bunts & more. Ages 8-16. Three sessions: Ages 8-12: 9-10:30am; Ages 13-16: 11am12:30pm; Boys ages 13-16 years: 1-2:30pm. $20; free for coaches. Big League Dreams, 20155 Viking Way. (530)225-4095. Animal Parade On The Boardwalk; Redding. Hang with Spike, the porcupine, Gidget, the cockatoo, & other Turtle Bay animal celebrities. 1:30pm. See the 2nd. Fish Feeding At Turtle Bay; Redding. 10:30am. See the 2nd. Super Sunday Bowling At Shasta Lanes; Redding. 9-11pm unlimited bowling. See the 2nd.

5:30pm; group meets 6-8pm. ARC, 2020 Park Ave. (530)891-5865 x119. For Kids At The Turner Art Activities; Chico. Hands-on art activities for kids in grades 1-12 who are interested in art. Led by CSU, Chico art education faculty & students. 3:30-5pm. Free, pre-reg. The Turner Museum, 400 West 1st St. (530)898-4476. Homework Help; Chico. Grades 1-8 can get free help with homework. 3-5pm, no appointment necessary. Chico Library. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Play Chess!; Chico. Learn to play chess with Chico Library teen volunteers. All ages welcome! 3-5pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Toddler Parenting Class; Chico. Today’s topic: “Disobedience” led by Jessica Wilkerson, MFT Intern. Learn tips for working with toddlers & discuss with other parents ways to maintain peace & harmony in the family. For parents of toddlers & young school-aged children. No childcare. 10:30-11:30am. $10. Therapeutic Fitness, 1216 Sheridan Ave. (530)921-5122. Cheap Skate Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Features weekly themes, games & family “hits” music. All ages. 6:30-8:30pm. See the 4th. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra practice on cheerleading skills or to prepare to be an All Star! T/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 4th. Preschool Storytimes At Chico Library; Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. 10am & 11am. Free. See the 4th. Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Fun, on-going, hands-on science activities for children ages 2-5 & their parents. 9am-12pm. See the 4th. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-adults. M/Tu/Th classes: Ages 6-13, 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+, 7-8:30pm. See the 3rd.

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Teen Advisory Board Meeting; Redding. Teens may join the Redding Library Teen Advisory Board. Members help choose books & give their input about activities & library policies that affect teens. Ages 13-18. 6pm, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Free, by application. Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Baby Play & Learn Class; Redding. Instructorled class for new moms, dads & caregivers of babies ages birth-12mos. Free. See the 4th. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue/Fri, 6pm. See the 4th. Chess Group; Redding. Learn or practice games of chess; instructors facilitate. Ages youth & adult. 6-7:30pm. Free. See the 4th. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. See the 1st. Kindermusik With Lyra; Redding. Come dance, sing & bond while helping your child’s brain develop in the best musical way. 10am. See the 3rd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Tuesday Open Gyms; Redding. Two age sessions: “Tiny Tots” ages 0-8 (older siblings welcome): 11am12pm, $5/child; Ages 12+: 7-8pm. See the 4th. Preschool Page Turners; Redding Library. Children ages 3-6 enjoy storytime, a craft project & music. 10:30am. Free. See the 4th. Round Table Pizza Family Fun Night; Redding. 6-8pm. See the 4th. Story Time; Redding. Join Shasta Community Health in celebrating the joys of reading. 10am. See the 4th.

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Preschoolers and their parents enjoy weekly Creative Art Activities together in Chico, in a Montessori setting that fosters children’s developmental skills. See Thursdays (Butte County). Photo by Pamela Newman.

Treasured Tuesdays At All Fired Up; Redding. Enjoy painting your own ceramic masterpiece for a special $2 studio fee. 11am-5pm. See the 4th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

It’s Your Business Class; Weed. Twelve-week class focuses on starting or growing a business. Develop research, marketing & business planning skills; learn how to manage business finances, use technology & network with fellow business owners. Ages high school to adult. 5:30-8:30pm. Pre-reg, call for fees. College of the Siskiyous, 800 College Ave. (530)926-6670x10. Parent Circle; Mt. Shasta. Meet with other parents to explore Nurturing Parenting philosophy & practices with parenting educator Kristen Stroud. Each week has a different focus. Ask questions about parenting & share your experiences in this supportive group. Dinner & childcare provided. All ages. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake St. (530)926-1400. Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects in a creative studio setting. Ages 9 & up. Tu/W/Th, 2:30-5pm. Free. See the 4th. Eat Healthy McCloud. Cal-Fresh assistance & nutrition tips! Fresh produce avail. to McCloud residents. Tu/Th, 11am-1pm. Free. See the 4th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:156:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm. See the 3rd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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WEDNESDAY BUTTE COUNTY

Adoptive Parents Support Group; Paradise. Are you an adoptive parent? Parents of all forms of adoption are invited to meet other adoptive parents to share support & encouragement. 2nd Wednesday, 9:30-11:30am. Free. Paradise Family Resource Center, 6241 Skyway. (530)879-3861. Arts For All Gala; Chico. 4th annual gala benefiting the arts at all Chico Unified School

District schools in a district-wide celebration. Featuring fine arts gallery of student artwork, dance, choir, band & theater performances. 6:30pm. $10, tix at Music Connection, Chico high schools & at the door. CUSD Center for the Arts, 1475 East Ave. (530)228-1462. Blue Oak School Tours; Chico. This K-8 public charter school focuses on Waldorf-based methods. Take a tour of the school & learn about its enriching educational program. 9-11:30am. 450 E. 1st Ave. (530)879-7483. Chess At The Oroville Library. Come play! 3-6pm. Free. 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Children’s Storytime; Oroville. Enjoy songs, stories, music & craft activities. Ages 3-5. 11am12pm. Free. Oroville Library Meeting Room, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Homework Help; Chico. Grades 1-8 can get free help with homework. 3-5pm, no appointment necessary. Chico Library. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. North State Symphony Kids’ Concert: An Embrace Of Romantic Masters; Chico. Features music by composers who were inspired by the story of Romeo & Juliet. Chico State theatre students join the Symphony to bring this tale to life. 11:30am. Call for special pricing. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. 400 W 1st St. (530)898-6692. Mid-Week Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Geared for preschool age & younger. 11am. See the 5th. Nature Fun Activities; Chico. Ages 2-5 & their parents enjoy fun hands-on activities that involve nature. 9am-1pm. See the 5th. Nurturing Parenting Classes; Chico. For adults. Free. 9am-12pm, drop-in okay. See the 5th.

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Red Bluff Homeschool Support Group; Red Bluff. An evening of encouragement & inspiration for homeschooling parents. Includes informal meet & greet, prayer, devotion & informative topic discussion. For adults. 2nd Tuesday, 7-9pm, thru May. Free, RSVP. North Valley Baptist Church, 345 David Ave. (530)727-7578. School Readiness Playgroup; Gerber. Join the fun at this developmental & educational play group for ages 0-5. 10-11:30am. See the 4th.

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SHASTA COUNTY

Baby Sign Language At Redding Library. Parents learn to communicate with their babies using sign language. Ages 0-5. 11am. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Eat Dessert First; Redding. Enjoy a sweet escape at Turtle Bay with a variety of delicious desserts to benefit One Safe Place. Visit exhibits, play in the Dutch raffle & participate in a live auction. All ages. $20, call for tix info. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)244-0118. Movie Mania; Redding Library. Free family movie & popcorn in the library’s children’s storyroom. Features children’s titles, most rated G, some PG. 4pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Preschool Storytime; Cottonwood. Come join the fun, with stories, songs, & games too! 11:30am-12:30pm. Cottonwood Community Library, 3427 Main St. (530)347-4818. Discipline That Works; Redding. Free program for fathers, mothers & all adults taking care of children. 6-7:30pm. See the 5th. Drop-in Basketball Open Gym; Anderson. Supervised basketball program is open to youth grades 6-12. 6:30-8:30pm. See the 5th. Work Of Art Wednesday; Redding. Paint-yourown ceramics studio activities. 11am-5pm. See the 5th. Youth Softball Pitching Camp: Beginning Fastpitch; Redding. Ages 7 & up learn fundamental mechanics of the windmill softball fast pitch. See the 5th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects in a creative studio setting. Ages 9 & up. Tu/W/Th, 2:30-5pm. Free. See the 4th. Ballroom Dance Classes; Weed. All ages. 6:457:45pm. See the 5th. Children’s Storytime Dunsmuir Library. Children of all ages (infants welcome) enjoy stories & a snack. 3:30-4:30pm. See the 5th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:156:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm. See the 3rd. Songs & Stories For Young People; Mt. Shasta. Stories & singing to live music for ages 0-5 10:30am. See the 5th. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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THURSDAY

BUTTE COUNTY

After-School Storytime; Chico. Summertime stories & crafts for ages 6-9yrs. 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Babies Love Books; Oroville. Babies & their families will enjoy connecting through rhymes, songs, bounces & books. Ages 0-18 months. 10am. Free. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7641. Caregiver Resource & Self-Care Training; Oroville. For those caring for someone else’s child or children. Facilitated group offers support, training for better self-care, & resources. 2nd Thursday, 11am-1pm. The Greater Oroville Family Resource Center, 1720 Daryl Porter Way. (530)809-0444. Infant & Toddler Storytime; Paradise. Songs, story & music for little ones ages 0-3. 10am. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Parent Advisory Council Meeting; Paradise. Would you like to make a difference in your community? Join the monthly Parent Advisory Council & discuss


GOING PLACES FEBRUARY ways to improve services in the community for families with children ages 0-5. All ages. 2nd Th, 12-1pm. Includes lunch. Free. Paradise Ridge Family Resource Center, 6249 Skyway. (530)872-3896. Parenting Teens Class; Chico. For parents of tweens & teens. Today’s topic: Sexual Behavior & Dating; led by Jessica Wilkerson, MFT intern. Learn tips for working with teens & discuss with other parents ways to find more harmony in your family. 1-2pm. $10. Therapeutic Fitness, 1216 Sheridan Ave. (530)921-5122. Storytime At Durham Library. Enjoy stories, songs & a craft. 10am. Free. 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. True Blues Concert; Chico. Based on the film of the same name, True Blues chronicles the extraordinary living culture of the blues in an evening of music & conversation with host Corey Harris & guitar masters Guy Davis & Alvin Youngblood Hart. All ages. 7:30pm. $15-$28. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6333. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra practice on cheerleading skills or to prepare to be an All Star! T/ Th 3:30-5pm. See the 4th. Chico Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. 1-4pm. Free. See the 6th. Creative Art Activities; Chico. Ongoing hands-on art activities designed for children ages 2-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 6th. Hooks & Needlers Sewing Circle; Paradise Library. Bring your knit & crochet projects. All ages.12pm. Free. See the 6th. Mom-2-Mom Support Group; Paradise. Weekly support group for mothers of children of all ages.10:30am-12pm. See the 6th.

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

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

SHASTA COUNTY

Anderson Farmers Market; Anderson. Farmfresh produce & handmade crafts & goods. 7:30am-1pm, year-round, rain or shine! Shasta Outlets, 1699 Hwy 273. (530)357-4314. Anderson Library Storytime: Hearts!. Celebrate hearts on Valentine’s Day. Five Little Candy Hearts & Jennifer Jones Won’t Leave Me Alone are featured stories. Each child gets a valentine & complete a craft project. 3:30pm. Free. 3200 W. Center St. (530)365-7685. Art Fundamentals; Redding. Ages 5 & up learn elements of art using varied styles and media. Includes proportion, perspective, shading & light; printmaking, collage & 3-D projects are also explored. Four classes: Th, 2/13 & 2/20, 4-5pm & Sat, 2/15 & 2/22, 10-11am. $15/class, includes materials. Blue Giraffe Studios, 4287 Spicewood Dr. (530)776-5788. Barnesklubb; Palo Cedro. This youth club focuses on Scandinavia’s culture & heritage. Activities include cooking, language, music, rosemaling, weaving & folk dancing. All ages. 2nd Thursday, 5-7pm. Free. IOOF/Rebekah Hall, 22551 Silverlode. (541)388-5004. North State Symphony Kids’ Concert: An Embrace Of Romantic Masters; Redding. Features music by composers who were inspired by the story of Romeo & Juliet. Chico State theatre students join the Symphony to bring this tale to life. 10am. Call for special pricing. Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market St. (530)243-8877.

Redding School Of The Arts Informational Tours. Learn what RSA can offer your child. 30-minute presentation of RSA’s mission & vision is followed by classrooms tours. For adults. Dropins welcome; sign in at the office. 9:30am. 955 Inspiration Place. (530)247-6933. Scooterville Social; Redding. Scooter families & fanatics! Bring your ride & hang out with other motor scooter enthusiasts at this monthly gathering hosted by the Scooterville Scooter Club of Redding. All ages. 2nd Thursday, 6:30pm. Location varies, call for info. (530)604-6020. Wii Games; Redding Library. Bring friends & have fun playing a wide selection of Wii games. Ages 10-17. 4-5pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Animal Parade On The Boardwalk; Redding. Hang with Spike, the porcupine, Gidget, the cockatoo, & other Turtle Bay animal celebrities. 1:30pm. See the 2nd. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. See the 1st. Little Explorers: Our Dog Friends; Redding. Discover the world of dogs with activities & stories for ages 2-5 & their caregivers. 10am. See the 6th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Thursday Open Gyms; Redding. Ages 0-8: 11am-12pm; Ages 8+: 5-6pm. See the 6th. Youth Agility Class: Redding. Ages 5 & up have fun, increase flexibility & balance, & reinforce motor skills. 4-5pm. See the 6th. Youth Yoga; Redding. A great introductory class for youth, relaxing & strengthening the mind and body. 5:15-5:45pm. See the 6th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects in a creative studio setting. Ages 9 & up. Tu/W/Th, 2:30-5pm. Free. See the 4th. Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm. See the 6th. Eat Healthy McCloud. Cal-Fresh assistance & nutrition tips! Fresh produce avail. to McCloud residents. Tu/Th, 11am-1pm. Free. See the 4th. Family Tubing Night; Mt. Shasta. Weather permitting, families can enjoy an evening of winter fun on Mt. Shasta Ski Park’s groomed 300-ft tubing hill. See the 6th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:156:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15-6:15pm. See the 3rd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st. School Readiness Playgroup; Corning. Join the fun at this developmental & educational play group for ages 0-5. 10-11:30am. See the 6th.

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FRIDAY

VALENTINE’S DAY

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Camp Chico Creek & Valentine’s Day Parents’ Night Out!; Chico. Educationbased day camp & evening program provides outdoor recreation activities & fosters awareness

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GOING PLACES FEBRUARY of nature. Campers learn about Bidwell Park’s habitats in a fun, safe & caring setting for ages 5-11. 7:45am-5:30pm &/or 4-10pm. $35/day camp, $20/evening camp, $55/both. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. 8th St. (530)891-4671. Loungin’ With CARD; Chico. Children can spend their day off experiencing the fun of a pajama party at this CARD day camp. Activities may include cooking delicious snacks, making crafts, playing outdoor games & playing Wii. Grades K-6. $30. 7:30am-6pm. Pleasant Valley Rec Center, 2320 North Ave. (530)895-4711. Storytime & Crafts At Paradise Library; Bring little ones ages 3-5 to enjoy stories, craft making, & songs too! 11-11:45am. 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Storytime At Gridley Library. Storytime, music & crafting fun for children of all ages. 10am. 299 Spruce St. (530)846-3323. Chapmantown Farmers Market; Chico. 2-5:30pm. See the 7th. Creative Art Activities; Chico. Ongoing handson art activities designed for children ages 2-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 6th. Family Swim; Chico. 5-8pm. $2. See the 7th. Kids In Motion Kids’ Night Out; Chico. 6-9:30pm. See the 7th. Rowell’s Pals Playgroup; Chico. Playgroup for parents & little ones ages 1-5, of all abilities. Call for times. Free. See the 7th. Teen Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Bring friends & enjoy a themed night of roller skating. Starts 7pm. See the 7th. Toddler Storytimes At Chico Library. Stories, songs & rhymes for ages 3 & under. 10am & 11am. Free. See the 7th. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 1st.

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

Youth Agility Class: Redding. Ages 5 & up have fun, increase flexibility & balance, & reinforce motor skills. 4-5pm. See the 6th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

2nd Friday Artists Reception; Dunsmuir. Enjoy refreshments while viewing artwork in the heART of Dunsmuir. 5-7pm. Free. Siskiyou Arts Museum, 5824 Dunsmuir Ave. (530)859-5554. Painting For Teens & Adults; Mt. Shasta. Learn to paint realistically with Alek Balos. Fri, 1-4pm, Sat, 12-3pm. See the 7th. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

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

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Habitat Home Run; Chico. This 5th annual event benefiting Butte County’s Habitat for Humanity includes a 5K run/ walk for adults, a Kids Fun Run & other familyfriendly activities. All ages. 8:30am. $15/child (10 & under), $20/adult, +$5 optional shirt. Details online. Bidwell Park, One Mile Recreation Area. (530)343-7423. Winter Owl Prowl Hike; Chico. Join the Chico Creek Nature Center on this very popular night hike. Look for these birds of prey & meet the center’s Western screech owl. All ages. 6-8pm. $10 suggested donation. 1968 E. 8th St. (530)891-4671. Brand-New Stories To Share Storytime; Chico. Come enjoy new stories (plus a few older favorites)! 2pm. See the 1st. Chico Certified Farmers Market; Chico. 7:30am-1pm year-round at 2nd & Wall St. See

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Alive After Five Art Night; Redding. Relax & unwind with refreshments & desserts while painting with family & friends. 2nd Friday, 5-8pm. $3 studio fee per painter. Call to reserve a table. All Fired Up, 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530)226-1638. True Blues Concert; Redding. Hosted by Corey Harris & featuring renowned roots musician Guy Davis & Alvin Youngblood Hart, True Blues chronicles the extraordinary living culture of the blues in an evening of music & conversation. 7:30pm. $24-$34. Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market St. (530)243-8877. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue/Fri, 6pm. See the 4th. Family Fun Bowling & Pizza Night; Redding. Bring friends & family for 2 hrs of unlimited bowling. Includes pizza. Ages 4 & up. Mon & Fri, 6:30-8:30pm. See the 3rd. Family Fun Night Skate; Redding. 7:3010:30pm. See the 7th. Friday Kid’s Day At All Fired Up; Redding. Kids have fun painting from 11am-8pm. See the 7th. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. See the 1st. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Friday Open Gyms; Redding. Children ages 0-8 run, jump & tumble. 11am-12pm. See the 7th. Rock ‘N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9-11pm. See the 7th. Toddler Tales Storytime At Redding Library. Stories, music & crafts. Ages 1½-3yrs. 10:30am. Free. See the 7th.

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Providing training and support to foster/kinship caregivers and other community members to help them meet the changing and increasingly challenging needs of youth and families.

Ongoing weekly classes in Chico, Paradise & Oroville

All trainings are FREE & open to everyone! Training topics included: Foster Parent Pre-Service Training Developing Capable Young People Nurturing Parenting Program-Skills For Families Positive Discipline AD(H)D & other Neurological disorders Caregiver Self-Care Trainings

Check out our website for a complete list of class topics & other registration information.

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the 1st. Chico Cheer All Stars Open Gym; Chico. All ages/abilities welcome. 10am-12pm. See the 1st. Family Night Skate At Cal Skate; Chico. 6:309pm. See the 1st. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Chico. Kids make fun craft while parents shop. Ages 3 & up. 10am, 10:30am, 11am & 11:30am. $2/class. See the 1st. Roo’s Zoo Kids Skate Session; Chico. Ages 10 & under; strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. See the 1st. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 1st. Yo-Yo Club Practice; Chico. Have fun learning the yo-yo. Free lessons & practice. 12-2pm. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY

Family Saturdays: Mini-Skyscraper City; Redding. Build a “mini-skyscraper” & test its integrity with various weather scenarios. For inspiration, KIXE will show excerpts from the “Super Skyscrapers” series. Winners receive awards & will be featured on Turtle Bay’s Facebook page. All ages. 11am-3pm. Free w/ Park admission, $10-$14. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530)243-8850. Frosty Fun Run; Redding. All ages can race or just run for fun in 3 age categories. Today’s courses: 2-miles or 5.5 miles. Series of races culminate in championship event on 3/8; run in one or all. Reg on race day 7-8am, starts 8am; rain or shine. $3. Starts at Fleet Feet, 1376 Hilltop Dr. (530)526-3076. North State Symphony Concert: An Embrace Of Romantic Masters; Redding. Features music by composers inspired by the story of Romeo & Juliet. Chico State theatre students join the Symphony to bring this tale to life. All ages (mature children). 7:30pm. $22-$53. Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market St. (530)243-8877. Art Fundamentals; Redding. Ages 5 & up learn elements of art using varied styles. 10-11am. See the 13th. Date Night At All Fired Up; Redding. Relax & unwind while enjoying creative fun together. 5-8pm. See the 1st. Family Day At All Fired Up; Redding. Families create works of art together. 11am-5pm. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym; Redding. 10:30am-12:30pm. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. See the 1st. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Redding. Kids make fun craft while parents shop. Ages 3 & up. 10am, 10:30am, 11am & 11:30am. $2/class. See the 1st. Kids On Wheels; Redding. Special skate time for ages 10 & under. Parents can skate too! 1011:30am. See the 1st. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Saturday Open Gyms; Redding. Two sessions. “Tiny Tots” ages 0-8, 11am-12pm; Ages 8+, 12-2pm. See the 1st. Rock ‘N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. For tweens & young teens. Skate 7-9pm; Dance 9-11pm. See the 1st. Survival! Indoor Animal Show; Redding. See animal “stars” from Turtle Bay’s Walk on the Wild


GOING PLACES FEBRUARY

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

Side summer animal show. 1:30pm. See the 1st. Youth Yoga; Redding. A great introductory class for youth, relaxing & strengthening the mind and body. 9:45-10:15am. See the 1st.

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

SISKIYOU COUNTY

President’s Day Skate; Redding. Rain or shine, it’s always fun (& healthy) to roller skate. All ages. 12-4pm. $4. Parents of skating children skate for $2. Includes skate rental. Viking Skate Country, 735 Auditorium Dr. (530)246-3900. Walk With Ease Series; Redding. Increase physical activity, walking distance & speed, decrease pain & depression, & meet likeminded people. Includes walking, stretching, strengthening, education & motivational strategies. Ages 18+. M/T/Th, 8:30-10am, 2/173/27. $30/series. Caldwell Park. (530)225-4095. Family Fun Bowling & Pizza Night; Redding. Bring friends & family for 2 hrs of unlimited bowling. Includes pizza. Ages 4 & up. Mon & Fri, 6:30-8:30pm. See the 3rd. High School Power Tumble; Redding. Utilizes

Family Game Night; McCloud. Bring the family for an evening of hands-on fun playing a variety of board games. Includes free dinner. 3rd Saturday, 5-7pm. McCloud Community Resource Center, 304 W. Minnesota. (530)964-3250. Painting For Teens & Adults; Mt. Shasta. Learn to paint realistically with Alek Balos. Fri, 1-4pm, Sat, 12-3pm. See the 7th.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Frontier Village Farmers Market; Red Bluff. Year-round certified market at 645 Antelope Blvd. 8am-1pm, rain or shine. See the 1st. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY

rod floor, tumble-trak & trampoline to enhance tumbling skills for cheer & gymnastics. 7-8pm. See the 3rd. Kindermusik With Lyra; Redding. Come dance, sing & bond while helping your child’s brain develop in the best musical way. 10am. See the 3rd. Memorable Mondays At All Fired Up; Redding. Creative studio time for families. 11am-5pm. See the 3rd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Monday Open Gyms; Redding. Two age sessions: “Tiny Tots” ages 0-8 (older siblings welcome), 11am12pm; Ages 12+, 6-7pm. See the 3rd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:156:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15-6:15pm. See the 3rd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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SUNDAY

BUTTE COUNTY

North State Symphony: An Embrace Of Romantic Masters; Chico. Features music by composers inspired by the story of Romeo & Juliet. Chico State theatre students join the symphony to bring this tale to life. All ages (mature children). 2pm. $22-$36. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium, 400 W 1st St. (530)898-6692.

SHASTA COUNTY

Animal Parade On The Boardwalk; Redding. Turtle Bay animal celebrities parade on boardwalk. 1:30pm. See the 2nd. Fish Feeding At Turtle Bay; Redding. 10:30am. See the 2nd. Super Sunday Bowling At Shasta Lanes; Redding. 9-11pm unlimited bowling. See the 2nd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Winter Angels, Mt. Shasta. Make an angel to hang from your window, lamp or plants. $10 kids special, ages 5 and up. Children under 8 with parent supervision. Must pre-reg. 11am & 1pm. A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296.

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MONDAY

BUTTE COUNTY

Bittie Baby & Me Class; Chico. Today’s topic: Infant Massage Introduction. Parents w/babies 0-3mos learn current info to promote infant wellness & safety. Make friends in a supportive environment. 10:30am-12pm. Free if you delivered at Enloe; or $15/class. Enloe’s Mother & Baby Education Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., Suite 120. (530)332-3970. For Kids At The Turner Art Activities; Chico. Hands-on art activities for kids in grades 1-12 who are interested in art. Led by CSU, Chico art education faculty & students. 3:30-5pm. Free, pre-reg. The Turner Museum, 400 West 1st St. (530)898-4476 Homework Help; Chico. Grades 1-8 can get free help with homework. 3-5pm, no appointment necessary. Chico Library. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group; Chico. Offers mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. Children welcome. 3rd Tuesday, 10-11:30am. Free. Held in private homes. Locations change periodically. For meeting info, call (530)514-1313. Play Chess!; Chico. Learn to play chess with Chico Library teen volunteers. All ages welcome! 3-5pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Toddler Parenting Class; Chico. Today’s topic: “Tantrums” led by Jessica Wilkerson, MFT Intern. Learn tips for working with toddlers & discuss with other parents ways to maintain peace & harmony in the family. For parents of toddlers & young school-aged children. No childcare. 10:30-11:30am. $10. Therapeutic Fitness, 1216 Sheridan Ave. (530)921-5122. Cheap Skate Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Features weekly themes, games & family “hits” music. All ages. 6:30-8:30pm. See the 4th. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra practice on cheerleading skills or to prepare to be an All Star! T/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 4th. Preschool Storytimes At Chico Library; Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. 10am & 11am. Free. See the 4th. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-adults. M/Tu/Th classes: Ages 6-13, 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+, 7- 8:30pm. See the 3rd.

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PRESIDENT’S DAY

BUTTE COUNTY

Camp Chico Creek; Chico. Education-based environmental day camp provides outdoor recreation activities as campers learn about Bidwell Park’s habitats. Fosters awareness of nature in a fun, safe & caring setting for ages 5-11. 7:30am-5:30pm. $35/child. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. 8th St. (530)891-4671. Loungin’ With CARD; Chico. Children can spend their day off experiencing the fun of a pajama party at this CARD day camp. Activities may include cooking delicious snacks, making crafts, playing outdoor games & playing Wii. Grades K-6. $30. 7:30am-6pm. Pleasant Valley Rec Center, 2320 North Ave. (530)895-4711. Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Fun ongoing hands-on science enrichment activities for children ages 2-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 3rd.

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TUESDAY

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Baby Play & Learn Class; Redding. Instructorled class for new moms, dads & caregivers of babies ages birth-12mos. Free. See the 4th. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue/Fri, 6pm. See the 4th. Chess Group; Redding. Learn or practice games of chess; instructors facilitate. Ages youth & adult. 6-7:30pm. Free. See the 4th. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. See the 1st. Kindermusik With Lyra; Redding. Come dance, sing & bond while helping your child’s brain develop in the best musical way. 10am. See the 3rd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Tuesday Open Gyms; Redding. Two age sessions: “Tiny Tots” ages 0-8 (older siblings welcome): 11am12pm; Ages 12+: 7-8pm. See the 3rd. Preschool Page Turners; Redding Library. Children ages 3-6 years enjoy storytime, a craft project & music. 10:30am. Free. See the 4th. www.northstateparent.com • February 2014

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GOING PLACES FEBRUARY Round Table Pizza Family Fun Night; Redding. 6-8pm. See the 4th. Story Time; Redding. Join Shasta Community Health in celebrating the joys of reading. 10am. See the 4th. Treasured Tuesdays At All Fired Up; Redding. Enjoy painting your own ceramic masterpiece for a special $2 studio fee. 11am-5pm. See the 4th.

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Winter Camp For Kids; Red Bluff. Ages 5-12 can play games and do arts & crafts in this fun camp! 2/18-21, 7:30am-5:30pm. $15/full day, $10/half day, pre-reg. Red Bluff Community Center, 1500 S. Jackson St. (530)527-8181. School Readiness Playgroup; Gerber. Join the fun at this developmental & educational play group for ages 0-5. 10-11:30am. See the 4th.

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Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects in a creative studio setting. Ages 9 & up. Tu/W/Th, 2:30-5pm. Free. See the 4th. Eat Healthy McCloud. Cal-Fresh assistance & nutrition tips! Fresh produce avail. to McCloud residents. Tu/Th, 11am-1pm. Free. See the 4th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:156:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm. See the 3rd. Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Fun, on-going, hands-on science activities for children ages 2-5 & their parents. 9am-12pm. See the 4th. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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WEDNESDAY BUTTE COUNTY

Chess At The Oroville Library. Come play! 3-6pm. Free. 1820 Mitchell Ave.

(530)538-7642. Children’s Storytime; Oroville. Songs, stories, music & craft activities. Ages 3-5. 11am-12pm. Free. Oroville Library Meeting Rm, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Homework Help; Chico. Grades 1-8 can get free help with homework. 3-5pm, no appointment necessary. Chico Library. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Mid-Week Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Geared for preschool age & younger. 11am. See the 5th. Nature Fun Activities; Chico. Ages 2-5 & their parents enjoy fun hands-on activities that involve nature. 9am-1pm. See the 5th. Nurturing Parenting Classes; Chico. For adults. Free. 9am-12pm, drop-in okay. See the 5th.

SHASTA COUNTY

Baby Sign Language At Redding Library. Parents learn to communicate with their babies using sign language. Ages 0-5. 11am. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Movie Mania; Redding Library. Free family movie & popcorn in the library’s children’s storyroom. Features children’s titles, most rated G, some PG. 4pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Preschool Storytime; Cottonwood. Come join the fun, with stories, songs, & games too! 11:30am-12:30pm. Cottonwood Community Library, 3427 Main St. (530)347-4818.

Discipline That Works; Redding. Free program for fathers, mothers & all adults taking care of children. 6-7:30pm. See the 5th. Drop-in Basketball Open Gym; Anderson. Supervised basketball program is open to youth grades 6-12. 6:30-8:30pm. See the 5th. Work Of Art Wednesday; Redding. Paintyour-own ceramics studio activities. Fun for homeschoolers or as an after-school activity. 11am-5pm. See the 5th. Youth Softball Pitching Camp: Beginning Fastpitch; Redding. Ages 7 & up learn fundamental mechanics of the windmill softball fast pitch. See the 5th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects in a creative studio setting. Ages 9 & up. Tu/W/Th, 2:30-5pm. Free. See the 4th. Ballroom Dance Classes; Weed. All ages. 6:457:45pm. See the 5th. Children’s Storytime Dunsmuir Library. Children of all ages (infants welcome) enjoy stories & a snack. 3:30-4:30pm. See the 5th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:156:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15- 6:15pm. See the 3rd. Songs & Stories For Young People; Mt. Shasta. Stories & singing to live music for ages 0-5 10:30am. See the 5th. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Winter Camp For Kids; Red Bluff. Ages 5-12 can play games and do arts & crafts in this fun camp! 2/18-2/21, 7:30am-5:30pm. $15/full day, $10/ half day, pre-reg. Red Bluff Community Center, 1500 S. Jackson St. (530)527-8181.

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THURSDAY

BUTTE COUNTY

After-School Storytime; Chico. Stories & crafts for ages 6-9yrs. 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Babies Love Books; Oroville. Babies & their families will enjoy connecting through rhymes, songs, bounces & books. Ages 0-18 months. 10am. Free. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7641. 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 Thursdays, 11am-1pm. Butte College Foster/ Kinship Care Ed Center, 2480 Notre Dame Blvd. (530)897-6235. Chico Doula Circle Workshop; Chico. Educational workshops related to pregnancy, labor, birth & breastfeeding. Hosted by four local doulas. All ages. 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. Free. La Casita Primera Preschool, 2035 Esplanade. (530)513-4049. Infant & Toddler Storytime; Paradise. Songs, story & music for little ones ages 0-3. 10am. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Nature Detectives Preschool Workshop; Chico. For curious children, nature is full of wonder. Kids explore outside with a magnifying glass, make a craft, & meet one of the center’s animals up-close. Ages 3-5. 3-4pm. $12/child, by pre-


GOING PLACES FEBRUARY reg. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. 8th St. (530)891-4671. Parent Cafe; Paradise. Make new friends, share ideas, learn about resources, build a stronger community. For families with children ages 0-5. Dinner, games & activities for children. 3rd Th, 5:30-7pm. Free. Paradise Ridge Family Resource Center, 6249 Skyway. (530)872-3896. Parenting Teens Class; Chico. Today’s topic: Coping with Anxiety; led by Jessica Wilkerson, MFT Intern. Learn tips for working with teens & discuss with other parents ways to find more harmony in your family. For parents of tweens & teens. 1-2pm. $10. Therapeutic Fitness, 1216 Sheridan Ave. (530)921-5122. Storytime At Durham Library. Enjoy stories, songs & a craft. 10am. Free. 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. The Graduate Theater Performance; Chico. The classic American satire-comedy The Graduate is staged as a live radio broadcast by America’s premier radio theater company, L.A. Theater Works. Hailed as a “national theatrical treasure,” L.A. Theatre Works features a first-rate cast & live sound effects. Ages 18+. $18-$30. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6333. Wii At Chico Library; Chico. Spend the afternoon playing Wii with your friends. Ages 10-17. 3rd Thursday. 3-4:30pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra practice on cheerleading skills or to prepare to be an All Star! T/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 4th. Chico Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. 1-4pm. Free. See the 6th. Creative Art Activities; Chico. Ongoing handson art activities designed for children ages 2-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 6th. Hooks & Needlers Sewing Circle; Paradise. Bring your knit & crochet projects. All ages.12pm. Free. Paradise Library See the 6th. Mom-2-Mom Support Group; Paradise. Weekly support group for mothers of children of all ages.10:30am-12pm. See the 6th. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-adults. M/Tu/Th classes: Ages 6-13, 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+, 7-8:30pm. See the 3rd.

SHASTA COUNTY

Adoptive Parents Support Group: “Coffee & Conversation”; Redding. Adoptive parents meet to share, problem solve, give & receive support. 3rd Thursday, 10-11:30am. Childcare available. Call for location: Lilliput Children’s Services. (530)722-9092. Anderson Farmers Market; Anderson. Farmfresh produce & handmade crafts & goods. 7:30am-1pm, year-round, rain or shine! Shasta Outlets, 1699 Hwy 273. (530)357-4314. Anderson Library Storytime. Children listen to the story Bamboozled & receive a copy of the book from First5 Shasta. Tall Grass Bamboo provides a display of different types of bamboo cane. 3:30pm. Free. 3200 W. Center St. (530)3657685. Bereaved Parents Support Group; Redding. For parents or grandparents grieving the death of a child of any age. 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. Free, drop-in okay. Five week children & teen grief support groups also available based on need. Call for info. Mercy Medical Center Board Room, 2175 Rosaline Ave. (530)245-4070. Enterprise High School’s 22nd Variety Hour Show; Redding. Performing top hits of today & yesterday, Starship presents this high-energy show with new costumes, sets & effects which will dazzle audiences of all ages. 7:30pm. $8. David Marr Auditiorium, 2200 Eureka Way. (530)222-6601. Wii Games; Redding Library. Bring friends & have fun playing a wide selection of Wii games. Ages 10-17. 4-5pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Art Fundamentals; Redding. Ages 5 & up learn elements of art using varied styles. 4-5pm. See the 13th. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. See the 1st. Little Explorers: Our Dog Friends; Redding. Discover the world of dogs with activities & stories for ages 2-5 & their caregivers. 10am. See the 6th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Thursday Open Gyms; Redding. Ages 0-8: 11am-12pm; Ages 8+: 5-6pm. See the 6th.

At a fun Nature Detectives Preschool Workshop in Chico, curious children can explore nature’s wonders and will meet one of Chico Creek Nature Center's animal ambassadors too. See the 20th (Butte County). Photo by Jon Aull.

Youth Agility Class: Redding. Ages 5 & up have fun, increase flexibility & balance, & reinforce motor skills. 4-5pm. See the 6th. Youth Yoga; Redding. A great introductory class for youth, relaxing & strengthening the mind and body. 5:15-5:45pm. See the 6th.

Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:156:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15-6:15pm. See the 3rd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

TEHAMA COUNTY

Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects in a creative studio setting. Ages 9 & up. Tu/W/Th, 2:30-5pm. Free. See the 4th. Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm. See the 6th. Eat Healthy McCloud. Cal-Fresh assistance & nutrition tips! Fresh produce avail. to McCloud residents. Tu/Th, 11am-1pm. Free. See the 4th. Family Tubing Night; Mt. Shasta. Weather permitting, families can enjoy an evening of winter fun on Mt. Shasta Ski Park’s groomed 300-ft tubing hill. See the 6th.

Winter Camp For Kids; Red Bluff. Ages 5-12 can play games and do arts & crafts in this fun camp! 2/18-2/21, 7:30am-5:30pm. $15/full day, $10/ half day, pre-reg. Red Bluff Community Center, 1500 S. Jackson St. (530)527-8181. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st. School Readiness Playgroup; Corning. Join the fun at this developmental & educational play group for ages 0-5. 10-11:30am. See the 6th.

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GOING PLACES FEBRUARY

Celebrate community diversity at Shasta Lake’s annual Multi-Cultural Celebration! Enjoy cultural foods, workshops, music, dance, information booths and more. See the 22nd (Shasta County).

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FRIDAY

BUTTE COUNTY

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 Fridays,10-12pm. $10 (members $5); siblings +$1. Athletic Horizons, 415 Otterson Dr. (530)893-4967. Storytime & Crafts At Paradise Library; Bring little ones ages 3-5 to enjoy stories, craft making, & songs too! 11-11:45am. 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Storytime At Gridley Library. Storytime, music & crafting fun for children of all ages. 10am. 299 Spruce St. (530)846-3323. Chapmantown Farmers Market; Chico. 2-5:30pm. See the 7th. Creative Art Activities; Chico. Ongoing handson art activities designed for children ages 2-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 6th. Family Swim; Chico. 5-8pm. $2. See the 7th. Kids In Motion Kids’ Night Out; Chico. 6-9:30pm. See the 7th. Rowell’s Pals Playgroup; Chico. Playgroup for

parents & little ones ages 1-5, of all abilities. Call for times. Free. See the 7th. Teen Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Bring friends & enjoy a themed night of roller skating. 7pm. See the 7th. Toddler Storytimes At Chico Library. Stories, songs & rhymes for ages 3 & under. 10am & 11am. Free. See the 7th. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY

Bill Cosby Comedy Show; Redding. With 9 Grammy & 3 Emmy awards to his name, generations of fans have fallen in love with Bill Cosby’s comedy routines, iconic albums, television series, best-selling books & film roles. Cosby’s comedy transcends age, gender & cultural borders. His last appearance sold out in record time so don’t miss this legendary favorite. 7pm. $65-$75. Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market St. (530)243-8877. Enterprise High School’s 22nd Variety Hour Show; Redding. Performing top hits of today & yesterday, Starship presents this high energy

show with new costumes, sets & effects which will dazzle audiences of all ages. 7:30pm. $8. David Marr Auditiorium, 2200 Eureka Way. (530)222-6601. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue/Fri, 6pm. See the 4th. Creature Feature Program; Redding. Meet the real stars of Turtle Bay…the animals. 1:30pm. See the 7th. Family Fun Bowling & Pizza Night; Redding. Bring friends & family for 2 hrs of unlimited bowling. Includes pizza. Ages 4 & up. Mon & Fri, 6:30-8:30pm. See the 3rd. Family Fun Night Skate; Redding. 7:3010:30pm. See the 7th. Friday Kid’s Day At All Fired Up; Redding. Kids have fun painting from 11am-8pm. See the 7th. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. See the 1st. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Friday Open Gyms; Redding. Children ages 0-8 run, jump & tumble. 11am-12pm. See the 7th. Rock ‘N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9-11pm. See the 7th. Toddler Tales Storytime At Redding Library. Stories, music & crafts. Ages 1½-3yrs. 10:30am. Free. See the 7th. Youth Agility Class: Redding. Ages 5 & up have fun, increase flexibility & balance, & reinforce motor skills. 4-5pm. See the 6th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Friday Night Madness; McCloud. Games, refreshments & live band. Students can’t leave event without parent or guardian. 12 & up. 3rd Friday, 6-8pm. Free. McCloud High School, off Broadway. (530)964-3250. Painting For Teens & Adults; Mt. Shasta. Learn to paint realistically with Alek Balos. Fri, 1-4pm, Sat, 12-3pm. See the 7th. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Winter Camp For Kids; Red Bluff. Come play

games, do arts & crafts & have some fun! Ages 5-12. 2/18-2/21, 7:30am-5:30pm. Bring two snacks & lunch. $15/full day, $10/half day. Red Bluff Community Center, 1500 S. Jackson St. (530)527-8181. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st.

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Childbirth Preparation Weekend Workshop; Chico. Trained registered nurses help prepare expectant parents for birth, newborn care & breastfeeding. Promotes personal choices, including natural breathing, relaxation techniques & pain management options. 2/22-23: Sat, 9am-4pm & Sun, 9am-1pm. $125/couple, pre-reg. Enloe Mother & Baby Ed. Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., Suite #120. (530)332-3970. Family Field Day; Chico. Set sail for a day of adventure learning about shipwrecks, underwater archaeology & maritime navigation. Against the backdrop of the museum’s exhibition, Into the Blue, enjoy a day of make-and-take projects. 11am-3pm. Free. CSU, Chico’s Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology (Meriam Library Complex, Rm 180). (530)898-5397. StoryTail Tutors; Chico Branch Library. Free reading program for beginning readers, struggling readers & reluctant readers. Read to trained, certified therapy dogs at the library. 4th Saturday. Ages 5-11. 2pm. Free. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Brand-New Stories To Share Storytime; Chico. Come enjoy new stories (plus a few older favorites)! 2pm. See the 1st. Chico Certified Farmers Market; Chico. 7:30am-1pm year-round at 2nd & Wall St. See the 1st. Chico Cheer All Stars Open Gym; Chico. All ages/abilities welcome. 10am-12pm. See the 1st. Family Night Skate At Cal Skate; Chico. 6:309pm. See the 1st. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Chico. Kids make fun craft while parents shop. Ages 3 & up. 10am,

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GOING PLACES FEBRUARY 10:30am, 11am & 11:30am. $2/class. See the 1st. Roo’s Zoo Kids Skate Session; Chico. Ages 10 & under; strollers welcome. 10am-12pm. See the 1st. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 1st. Yo-Yo Club Practice; Chico. Have fun learning the yo-yo. Free lessons & practice. 12-2pm. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY

A Walk With Turtle Bay’s Horticulture Manager; Redding. Bring your notebook & camera for this participant-driven program. Tour the gardens with frequent stops for discussions about the plants. 10:30am. Free w/ park or garden admission ($4-$14). Turtle Bay Exploration Park, West Garden Entrance, 1100 Arboretum Dr. (530)242-3178. All About Women Fair; Anderson. Free demos & educational classes, fun activities & displays for kids. Learn about exercise, massage, chiropractic, nutrition, financial planning, home decorating, gardening, arts & crafts, & more. Free entry; proceeds help with student scholarships of Soroptimist International of AndersonCottonwood. 10am-2pm. Shasta District Fairgrounds, 1890 Briggs St. (530)244-5919. Enterprise High School’s 22nd Variety Hour Show; Redding. Performing top hits of today & yesterday, Starship presents this high-energy show with new costumes, sets & effects that will dazzle audiences of all ages. 2pm & 7:30pm. $8. David Marr Auditiorium, 2200 Eureka Way. (530)222-6601.

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

Frosty Fun Run; Redding. All ages can race or just run for fun in 3 age categories. Today’s courses: 2-miles or 4.3-miles. Series of races culminate in a championship event on 3/8; run in one or all. Reg on race day 7-8am, starts 8am; rain or shine. $3. Clover Creek Preserve, Shasta View Dr. & Venus Way. (530)526-3076. Fur Ball; Redding. Another Chance Animal Welfare League presents a fun evening for a great cause. Dinner, silent & live auctions with trips to South Africa & five resorts. 18+. Yappy Hour at 5:30pm, dinner at 7pm. Tix at Palo Cedro Thrift Store, 9384 Deschutes Rd. Call for prices. Win River Event Center, 2100 Redding Rancheria Rd. (530)547-7387. Multi-Cultural Celebration; Shasta Lake. “Work together, play together, live together, celebrate together” is the theme for the 11th annual multicultural event. Featuring a feast of international food (served from 11am-12:45pm), cultural workshops & community booths showcasing music, fashion & dance (1-3pm). All ages. 11am-3pm. Free. Central Valley High School, 4066 La Mesa Ave. (530)241-8421. Shasta Land Trust’s Wildways Kickoff Party; Redding. Join Shasta Land Trust for their biggest fundraiser of the year. Features dinner, no-host bar, live music & silent auction. Purchase tickets to the popular Wildways events series. All ages. 6pm-10pm . $30-$35. Senior Citizen’s Hall, 2290 Benton Dr. (530)241-7886. Art Fundamentals; Redding. Ages 5 & up learn elements of art using varied styles. 10-11am. See the 13th. Date Night At All Fired Up; Redding. Relax & unwind while enjoying creative fun together.

5-8pm. See the 1st. Family Day At All Fired Up; Redding. Families create works of art together. 11am-5pm. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym; Redding. 10:30am-12:30pm. See the 1st. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. See the 1st. Kids Club Craft Workshop; Redding. Kids make fun craft while parents shop. Ages 3 & up. 10am, 10:30am, 11am & 11:30am. $2/class. See the 1st. Kids On Wheels; Redding. Special skate time for ages 10 & under. Parents can skate too! 1011:30am. See the 1st. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Saturday Open Gyms; Redding. Two sessions. “Tiny Tots” ages 0-8, 11am-12pm; Ages 8+, 12-2pm. See the 1st. Rock ‘N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Skate & Dance Night; Redding. For tweens & young teens. Skate 7-9pm; Dance 9-11pm. See the 1st. Youth Yoga; Redding. A great introductory class for youth, relaxing & strengthening the mind and body. 9:45-10:15am. See the 1st.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Ballroom & Latin Dance Class & Practice Party; Mt. Shasta. Learn ballroom dances from fun pro instructors then practice your moves at a dance party. All ages & levels. 7-10pm, 2nd &

4th Saturdays. $5/youth lesson; $7/adult lesson; $10/lesson+dance. Mt. Shasta City Park’s Dudes & Daises Bldg. 1350 Nixon Rd. (415)2152652. Painting For Teens & Adults; Mt. Shasta. Learn to paint realistically with Alek Balos. Fri, 1-4pm, Sat, 12-3pm. See the 7th.

TEHAMA COUNTY

Frontier Village Farmers Market; Red Bluff. Year-round certified market at 645 Antelope Blvd. 8am-1pm, rain or shine. See the 1st. Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st.

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Carlos Núñez in Concert; Chico. One of Spain’s most recognizable musicians & a major force behind the bagpipes’ resurrection in popular music today, Nuñez & his band blast through Celtic/Latin tunes with high energy, precision & style. Ages 18+. $15$25. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)8986333. Judy Collins Concert; Paradise. North State concert-goers will enjoy this special evening with this highly-acclaimed musician. For over 50 years, Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretive folksongs & contemporary themes. $32-$40. 7:30pm. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Rd. (530)877-8042.

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California State Old-Time Fiddlers Association Monthly Jam; Palo Cedro. Free old-time fiddle concert, jam & open mic. Food & pie available. All ages. 4th Sunday, 2-4pm. Millville Grange Hall, 20237 Old 44 Dr. (530)604-8706. Children’s Concert; Redding. Redding Cooperative Preschool & Shasta High School Band perform their 39th annual Children’s Concert. Refreshment sale during intermission, raffle prizes awarded too. All ages. 1pm. Children 12 & under free, adults $3. David Marr Theater, 2200 Eureka Way. (530)241-4355. Youth Infielders’ Clinic; Redding. Samantha Camuso, collegiate All American & former UCLA softball National Champion, teaches fielding positions; moving to the ball; catching throws, ground balls, fly balls & pop ups; bag coverage, throwing & more. Ages 8-10: 9-10:30am; Ages 11-16: 1-2:30pm. $20, free for coaches; $35/both Infield & Outfield clinics (see listing below). Big League Dreams, 20155 Viking Way. (530)225-4095. Youth Outfielders’ Clinic; Redding. Samantha Camuso, collegiate All American & former UCLA softball National Champion, teaches fielding positions, catching fly balls, fielding grounders, blocking, throwing & more. Ages 8-10: 10:45am12:15pm; Ages 11-16: 2:45-4:15pm. $20, free for coaches; $35/both Infield & Outfield clinics (see listing above). Big League Dreams, 20155 Viking Way. (530)225-4095. Fish Feeding At Turtle Bay; Redding. 10:30am. See the 2nd. Super Sunday Bowling At Shasta Lanes; Redding. 9-11pm unlimited bowling. See the 2nd.

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SISKIYOU COUNTY

Mobiles For Children, Mt. Shasta. Make a wall hanging or ceiling hanging with your children. Bring family photos, pet photos or special knickknacks to include in the mobile. Names can be special ordered in advance. February Kids’ Special: $10, ages 5 & up. 1pm. Must pre-reg. A Melo Place, 417 Chestnut St. (530)859-1296. National Snowshoe Championship Qualifying Race; Mt. Shasta. Adults & children can participate in this snowshoeing event. Choose from the 5K Race or Walk, 10K Race & Almost 1K (kids race, plus a little pup loop). Starts at 9am. Weather permitting. Online registration thru 2/22 or register at Nordic Center at 8am. $15/adult, $5/child. Mt. Shasta Nordic Center, Ski Park Hwy off Hwy 89. (530)605-9395.

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Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Fun ongoing handson science enrichment activities for children ages 2-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 3rd. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-adults. M/Tu/Th classes: Ages 6-13, 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+, 7-8:30pm. See the 3rd.

SHASTA COUNTY

Walk With Ease Series; Redding. Increase physical activity, walking distance & speed, decrease pain & depression, & meet likeminded people. Includes walking, stretching, strengthening, education & motivational strategies. Ages 18+. M/T/Th, 8:30-10am, 2/244/3. $30/series. Caldwell Park. (530)225-4095.

Baby Bookworms; Redding Library. For infants & toddlers ages 6mos-2½yrs, with their caregiver. 10:30am. Free. See the 3rd. Family Fun Bowling & Pizza Night; Redding. Bring friends & family for 2 hrs of unlimited bowling. Includes pizza. Ages 4 & up. Mon & Fri, 6:30-8:30pm. See the 3rd. High School Power Tumble; Redding. Utilizes rod floor, tumble-trak & trampoline to enhance tumbling skills for cheer & gymnastics. 7-8pm. See the 3rd. Kindermusik With Lyra; Redding. Come dance, sing & bond while helping your child’s brain develop in the best musical way. 10am. See the 3rd. Memorable Mondays At All Fired Up; Redding. Creative studio time for families. 11am-5pm. See the 3rd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Monday Open Gyms; Redding. Two age sessions: “Tiny Tots” ages 0-8 (older siblings welcome), 11am-12pm; Ages 12+, 6-7pm. See the 3rd.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:156:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15-6:15pm. See the 3rd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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learn current info to promote infant wellness & safety. Make friends in a supportive environment. 10:30am-12pm. Free if you delivered at Enloe; or $15/class. Enloe’s Mother & Baby Education Center, 251 Cohasset Rd., Suite 120. (530)332-3970. Family Special Needs Pot Luck & Support Group; Chico. Raising a child with special needs is challenging; build a supportive network & share. Children welcome, homework help & childcare provided. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays. Potluck 5:30pm; group meets 6-8pm. ARC, 2020 Park Ave. (530)891-5865 x119. Homework Help; Chico. Get free help with homework. For grades 1-8. No appointment necessary. 3-5pm. Chico Library. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Play Chess!; Chico. Learn to play chess with Chico Library teen volunteers. All ages welcome! 3-5pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Cheap Skate Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Features weekly themes, games & family “hits” music. All ages. 6:30-8:30pm. See the 4th. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra practice on cheerleading skills or to prepare to be an All Star! T/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 4th. Preschool Storytimes At Chico Library; Stories, songs & crafts for ages 3-5. 10am & 11am. Free. See the 4th. Science Experiments For Little Ones; Chico. Fun, on-going, hands-on science activities for children ages 2-5 & their parents. 9am-12pm. See the 4th.

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

SHASTA COUNTY

Teen Advisory Board Meeting; Redding. Teens may join the Redding Library Teen Advisory Board. Members help choose books & give their input about activities & library policies that affect teens. Ages 13-18. 6pm, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Free, by application. Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Baby Play & Learn Class; Redding. Instructorled class for new moms, dads & caregivers of babies ages birth-12mos. Free. See the 4th. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue/Fri, 6pm. See the 4th. Chess Group; Redding. Learn or practice games of chess; instructors facilitate. Ages youth & adult. 6-7:30pm. Free. See the 4th. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. See the 1st. Kindermusik With Lyra; Redding. Come dance, sing & bond while helping your child’s brain develop in the best musical way. 10am. See the 3rd. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Tuesday Open Gyms; Redding. Two age sessions: “Tiny Tots” ages 0-8 (older siblings welcome): 11am12pm; Ages 12+: 7-8pm. See the 3rd. Preschool Page Turners; Redding Library. Children ages 3-6 years enjoy storytime, a craft project & music. 10:30am. Free. See the 4th. Round Table Pizza Family Fun Night; Redding. 6-8pm. See the 4th. Story Time; Redding. Join Shasta Community Health in celebrating the joys of reading. 10am. See the 4th. Treasured Tuesdays At All Fired Up; Redding. Enjoy painting your own ceramic masterpiece for a special $2 studio fee. 11am-5pm. See the 4th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Parent Circle; Mt. Shasta. Meet with other parents to explore Nurturing Parenting Philosophy & Practices with parenting educator Kristen Stroud. Each week has a different focus. Come to this supportive group with questions about parenting & share your experiences. Dinner & childcare provided. All ages. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake St. (530)926-1400. Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects in a creative studio setting. Ages 9 & up. Tu/W/Th, 2:30-5pm. Free. See the 4th. Eat Healthy McCloud. Cal-Fresh assistance & nutrition tips! Fresh produce avail. to McCloud residents. Tu/Th, 11am-1pm. Free. See the 4th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:156:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15-6:15pm. See the 3rd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

School Readiness Playgroup; Gerber. Join the fun at this developmental & educational play group for ages 0-5. 10-11:30am. See the 4th.

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WEDNESDAY BUTTE COUNTY

Chess At The Oroville Library. Come play! 3-6pm. Free. 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Children’s Storytime; Oroville. Songs, stories, music & craft activities. Ages 3-5. 11am-12pm. Free. Oroville Library Meeting Rm, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7642. Homework Help; Chico. Get free help with homework. For grades 1-8. No appointment necessary. 3-5pm. Chico Library. 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. The Manhattan Transfer Concert: Chico. In 1981, this musical group won Grammys in both the jazz & pop categories. With 17 nominations & 10 Grammy Awards, their distinct sounds still resonate with fans who love jazz, pop, & vocal harmonies. Ages 18+. $22-$37. CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium. (530)898-6333. Mid-Week Storytime At Barnes & Noble; Chico. Geared for preschool age & younger. 11am. See the 5th. Nature Fun Activities; Chico. Ages 2-5 & their parents enjoy fun hands-on activities that involve nature. 9am-1pm. See the 5th. Nurturing Parenting Classes; Chico. For adults. Free. 9am-12pm, drop-in okay. See the 5th.

SHASTA COUNTY

Baby Sign Language At Redding Library. Parents learn to communicate with their babies using sign language. Ages 0-5. 11am. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Movie Mania; Redding Library. Free family movie & popcorn in the library’s children’s storyroom.

Experience Carlos Núñez in Concert in Chico! Expect high energy, precision and style as Núñez and his band present songs ranging from Celtic to Flamenco, as well as Fado, Cuban, Mexican, Brazilian, and classical music, with a few movie soundtracks thrown into the mix for fun. See the 23rd.

Features children’s titles, most rated G, some PG. 4pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Preschool Storytime; Cottonwood. Come join the fun, with stories, songs, & games too! 11:30am-12:30pm. Cottonwood Community Library, 3427 Main St. (530)347-4818. Discipline That Works; Redding. Free program for fathers, mothers & all adults taking care of children. 6-7:30pm. See the 5th.

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Drop-in Basketball Open Gym; Anderson. Supervised basketball program is open to youth grades 6-12. 6:30-8:30pm. See the 5th. Work Of Art Wednesday; Redding. Paintyour-own ceramics studio activities. Fun for homeschoolers or as an after-school activity. 11am-5pm. See the 5th. Youth Softball Pitching Camp: Beginning Fastpitch; Redding. Ages 7 & up learn fundamental mechanics of the windmill softball fast pitch. See the 5th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects in a creative studio setting. Ages 9 & up. Today 12:30-3pm. Free. See the 4th. Ballroom Dance Classes; Weed. All ages. 6:457:45pm. See the 5th. Children’s Storytime Dunsmuir Library. Children of all ages (infants welcome) enjoy stories & a snack. 3:30-4:30pm. See the 5th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:156:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15-6:15pm. See the 3rd. Songs & Stories For Young People; Mt. Shasta. Stories & singing to live music for ages 0-5 10:30am. See the 5th. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

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After-School Storytime; Chico. Stories & crafts for ages 6-9yrs. 3pm. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530)891-2726. Babies Love Books; Oroville. Babies & their families will enjoy connecting through rhymes, songs, bounces & books. Ages 0-18 months. 10am. Free. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave. (530)538-7641. Caregiver Resource & Self-Care Training; Paradise. For those caring for someone else’s child or children. Facilitated group offers support, resources, & training for better self-care. 4th Thursdays, 11am-1pm. Paradise Ridge Family Resource Center, 6249 Skyway. (530)809-0444.

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Art Club On The Bus; Mt. Shasta. Join the fun inside the Siskiyou Arts Bus to create simple make & take projects in a creative studio setting. Ages 9 & up. Tu/W/Th, 2:30-5pm. Free. See the 4th. Ballroom Dance Classes; Mt. Shasta. All ages. 6:45-7:45pm. See the 6th. Eat Healthy McCloud. Cal-Fresh assistance & nutrition tips! Fresh produce avail. to McCloud residents. Tu/Th, 11am-1pm. Free. See the 4th. Family Tubing Night; Mt. Shasta. Weather permitting, families can enjoy an evening of winter fun on Mt. Shasta Ski Park’s groomed 300-ft tubing hill. See the 6th. Martial Arts For Children: Taekwondo & Hapkido; Mt. Shasta. Ages 10+. M/W, 5:156:45pm; Tu/Th, 5:15-6:15pm. See the 3rd. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

TEHAMA COUNTY Happy Seuss Day To You! Children ages 3-10 are invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday at the Redding Library. The event features crafts, stories, snacks, a scavenger hunt and more. See the 28th (Shasta County). Photo by Pamela Newman.

Infant & Toddler Storytime; Paradise. Songs, story & music for little ones ages 0-3. 10am. Free. Paradise Branch Library, 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Honoring Alfred Loeffler: New Music Symposium; Chico. Includes an evening of original music from student composers, the innovative bass clarinet duo “Squonk” & Chico’s Pull-String Duo premier of a live musical score by David Dvorin. All ages (mature children). 7:30pm. Free. Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center 134, 400 W 1st St. (530)898-6333. Parenting Teens Class; Chico. Today’s topic: “Truancy” led by Jessica Wilkerson, MFT Intern. Learn tips for working with teens & discuss with other parents ways to find more harmony in your family. For parents of tweens & teens. 1-2pm. $10. Therapeutic Fitness, 1216 Sheridan Ave. (530)921-5122. Prevent Child Abuse Fundraiser; Chico. This wine tasting fundraiser is a benefit for the Butte Child Abuse Prevention Council. $5/ person. 5-7pm. Crystal Ball Room, 968 East Ave. (530)899-4932. Storytime At Durham Library. Enjoy stories, songs & a craft. 10am. Free. 2545 Durham Dayton Hwy. (530)879-3835. Rent Party; Chico. In the ‘20s & ‘30s Harlemites threw parties to raise money for rent. Dress up as your favorite figure, enjoy dinner, dancing & raise funds for a worthy cause. 18+. 6pm. $5 suggested donation. Harlen Adams Theatre Stage, Performing Arts Center 144, 400 W 1st St. (530)898-6333. Cheernastics Class; Chico. Get extra practice on cheerleading skills or to prepare to be an All Star! T/Th 3:30-5pm. See the 4th. Chico Homeschoolers’ Park Day; Chico. 1-4pm. Free. See the 6th. Creative Art Activities; Chico. Ongoing handson art activities designed for children ages 2-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 6th. Hooks & Needlers Sewing Circle; Paradise. Bring your knit & crochet projects. All ages.12pm. Free. Paradise Library See the 6th. Mom-2-Mom Support Group; Paradise. Weekly support group for mothers of children of all

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ages.10:30am-12pm. See the 6th. Shotokan Karate Classes; Chico. Ages 6-adults. M/Tu/Th classes: Ages 6-13, 6-6:45pm; Ages 13+, 7-8:30pm. See the 3rd.

SHASTA COUNTY

Anderson Farmers Market; Anderson. Farmfresh produce & handmade crafts & goods. 7:30am-1pm, year-round, rain or shine! Shasta Outlets, 1699 Hwy 273. (530)357-4314. Anderson Library Storytime. Listen to The Very Hungry Caterpillar & make a butterfly craft. Receive a copy of the Very Hungry Caterpillar coloring book from First5 Shasta with stickers too! 3:30pm. Free. 3200 W. Center St. (530)365-7685. Redding School Of The Arts Youth Concert; Redding. An evening of fantastic music! Enjoy songs from around the world performed by 4th-8th grade students. The repertoire focuses on African & Asian music as part of the thematic school-wide social studies curriculum. All ages. 6:30pm. $2 donation requested. RSA Amphitheater, 955 Inspiration Place. (530)247-6933. Wii Games; Redding Library. Bring friends & have fun playing a wide selection of Wii games. Ages 10-17. 4-5pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. See the 1st. Little Explorers: Our Dog Friends; Redding. Discover the world of dogs with activities & stories for ages 2-5 & their caregivers. 10am. See the 6th. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Thursday Open Gyms; Redding. Ages 0-8: 11am-12pm; Ages 8+: 5-6pm. See the 6th. Youth Agility Class: Redding. Ages 5 & up have fun, increase flexibility & balance, & reinforce motor skills. 4-5pm. See the 6th. Youth Yoga; Redding. A great introductory class for youth, relaxing & strengthening the mind and body. 5:15-5:45pm. See the 6th.

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Open Session Art Classes; Red Bluff. Multidiscipline classes/studio session for all ages, beginners to advanced. Th/F, 12:30-2:30pm & 3-4:30pm; Sat, 12:30-2:30pm. See the 1st. School Readiness Playgroup; Corning. Join the fun at this developmental & educational play group for ages 0-5. 10-11:30am. See the 6th.

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BUTTE COUNTY

Amazing Amphibians Preschool Program; Chico. Learn about this group of animals that has outlived the dinosaurs. Go for a walk to see who’s living in the pond & under logs, make clay salamanders & meet Hubert the friendly toad. Ages 3-5. 11am-12pm. $12/child, pre-reg. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. 8th St. (530)891-4671. Honoring Alfred Loeffler: New Music Symposium; Chico. Includes an evening of original music from student composers, the innovative bass clarinet duo “Squonk” & Chico’s Pull-String Duo premier of a live musical score by David Dvorin. All ages (mature children). 7:30pm. Free. Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center 134, 400 W 1st St. (530)898-6333. Storytime & Crafts At Paradise Library; Bring little ones ages 3-5 to enjoy stories, craft making, & songs too! 11-11:45am. 5922 Clark Rd. (530)872-6320. Storytime At Gridley Library. Storytime, music & crafting fun for children of all ages. 10am. 299 Spruce St. (530)846-3323. Walk Like An Egyptian; Chico. Children will enjoy exploring mummies, pharaohs & pyramids in Egypt, the theme for the day at KidsPark. 8am-11pm. Ages 2-12. $25 annual reg fee plus hourly rate. Call for prices. 2477 Forest Ave. #190. (530)894-6800. Chapmantown Farmers Market; Chico. 2-5:30pm. See the 7th. Creative Art Activities; Chico. Ongoing handson art activities designed for children ages 2-5 & their parents. 10:30am-12pm. See the 6th. Family Swim; Chico. 5-8pm. $2. See the 7th. Kids In Motion Kids’ Night Out; Chico. 6-9:30pm. See the 7th. Rowell’s Pals Playgroup; Chico. A diverse playgroup for parents & little ones ages 1-5, of all abilities. Call for times. Free. See the 7th. Teen Night At Cal Skate; Chico. Bring friends

& enjoy a themed night of roller skating. 7pm. See the 7th. Toddler Storytimes At Chico Library. Stories, songs & rhymes for ages 3 & under. 10am & 11am. Free. See the 7th. Xtreme Bowling; Chico. Fri/Sat, 10pm-1am. See the 1st.

SHASTA COUNTY

Happy Seuss Day To You!; Redding. In honor of Read Across America & to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, the Redding Library is hosting crafts, healthy snacks, stories & more. Make Silly Seuss Sandwiches with UC Cooperative & receive free books from First 5 Shasta & the Redding Library. Wear your favorite Dr. Seuss outfit & enter the Seuss Scavenger Hunt to win cool prizes. Ages 3-10. 2:30-5pm. Free. 1100 Parkview Ave. (530)245-7253. Nor-Cal Sport Show; Anderson. Featuring the latest in boats, RVs, campers, personal watercraft, fishing/hunting gear, guide services, vacation travel & much more. All ages. 2/28 127pm; 3/1 10am-7pm; 3/2 10am-5pm. Adult/$5, child/$3 (ages 7-15), 6 & under free. Shasta District Fairgrounds, 1890 Briggs St. (530)3651381. Boomtown BMX Races; Shasta Lake City. All bikes, categories & ages welcome to participate. Tue/Fri, 6pm. See the 4th. Family Fun Bowling & Pizza Night; Redding. Bring friends & family for 2 hrs of unlimited bowling. Includes pizza. Ages 4 & up. Mon & Fri, 6:30-8:30pm. See the 3rd. Family Fun Night Skate; Redding. 7:3010:30pm. See the 7th. Friday Kid’s Day At All Fired Up; Redding. Kids have fun painting from 11am-8pm. See the 7th. Galaxy Gymnastics Open Gym: 5 & Under; Redding. Tu/Th 8:30-9:30am. Fri/Sat 9-10am. See the 1st. Nor-Cal Elite Gymnastics Center Friday Open Gyms; Redding. Children ages 0-8 run, jump & tumble. 11am-12pm. See the 7th. Rock ‘N’ Bowl At Shasta Lanes; Redding. Fri & Sat, 9pm-midnight. See the 1st. Rockin ‘N’ Bowlin At Anderson Bowl; Anderson. 9-11pm. See the 7th. Toddler Tales Storytime At Redding Library. Stories, music & crafts. Ages 1½-3yrs. 10:30am. Free. See the 7th. Youth Agility Class: Redding. Ages 5 & up have fun, increase flexibility & balance, & reinforce motor skills. 4-5pm. See the 6th.

SISKIYOU COUNTY

4th Friday Art Walk; Mt. Shasta. Enjoy receptions, original art & prints at six participating galleries in downtown Mt. Shasta from 3-5:30pm. (530)938-0130. Painting For Teens & Adults; Mt. Shasta. Learn to paint realistically with Alek Balos. Fri, 1-4pm, Sat, 12-3pm. See the 7th. Tiny Tigers: Martial Arts For Young Children; Mt. Shasta. Ages 4+. M-F, 4:30-5:15pm. See the 3rd.

TEHAMA COUNTY

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


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Orland

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A Christian Education Is Not Just About What They Know, But How They See Grades: K-12 1148 E. Walker St., Orland (530) 865-4924 www.northvalleychristianschools.org

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Oroville

Feather River Adventist School “And All Thy Children Shall Be Taught Of The Lord.” Isaiah 54:13 Grades: 1-8 27 Cox Ln., Oroville (530) 533-8848 www.featherriveradventistschool.org

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Imagine Your Child Equipped For This World, Prepared For The World To Come Grades: Preschool-8 1859 Hooker Oak Ave., Chico (530) 342-5043 www.chicooaks.net

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