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hen people think of healthy food, thoughts invariably stop at “health food” — grain-heavy, meat-free dishes low on fat and low on flavor. That’s the stereotype, perpetuated by a host of prepared products. But, in fact, food that’s good for you also can taste good, as evidenced by the success of Leon Bistro near downtown Chico. The bistro, co-owned and managed by Executive Chef Ann Leon, thrives by accentuating the properties of natural ingredients. In many instances, Chef Leon is able to forgo butter, cream or heavy stocks simply by drawing out the essence of local agriculture.

Above right: Chef Ann Leon prepares for the evening's desserts by blending nuts and spices.

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“People are changing their diets,” she says. “They are really concerned about what they are eating. So the vegan and vegetarian options we offer are substantial, and I use a lot of ethnic influences in dishes so they’re flavorful. “Almost everything here is low-fat,” she adds, “but I just want to make sure flavor isn’t sacrificed. We have hearty dishes that are light — made heavy but not heavy in fat. “Our gnocchi is not based on potato; we use Ricotta and fresh greens. We use wild mushrooms for the flavor and texture of a meat product … and coconut milk instead of dairy. We’ve been selling five times as much bison as beef; bison has around a quarter of the fat. “But, our hollandaise sauce has some butter in it. There are some things you just can’t get away from and keep the flavor of a traditional recipe that people expect.” Indeed, a glance at the dinner menu posted on the restaurant’s Web site (http://leonbistro.com) shows the range of selections that diners demand from a Contemporary California Bistro. Appetizers include Portobello mushroom fritters, coconut prawns and the aforementioned gnocchi. Entrees include fresh fish with vegetables, bison flank steaks, calamari steaks and a mixed grill (filet mignon, lamb, potatoes, yams and vegetables). By the time you check the site, the menu may well have See LEON, next page Living Healthy | 7


Holiday inspirations from Chef Leon’s kitchen to yours Holiday meals don’t have to be heavy. Sure, if you decide to prepare a turkey for Thanksgiving and a ham for Christmas, you’ll be hard-pressed to serve a low-fat meal. Those traditional dishes, however, aren’t the only options. Chef Ann Leon of Leon’s Bistro shares a couple of her favorite recipes that work well for the holidays. Not only are these dishes festive and flavorful, they are relatively low in fat. They also are flexible — you can adapt them in various ways depending on the tastes of your guests and what’s available in your garden or grocery store. — Evan Tuchinsky

Thai-style Dayboat Scallops with Orange Coconut Curry Sauce Dayboat Scallops (size U8s) ¼ pound cooked French green beans ¼ pound cooked carrots (julienne) ¼ pound cooked shelled Edamame ½ pound Butternut Squash (roasted, diced) Dry scallops on paper towel. Salt and pepper the scallops. Heat sauté pan until very hot; add 1 tsp olive oil and then add scallops carefully. Cook 4 minutes per side. Add 1tbsp butter (optional if low fat) to pan halfway through cooking and baste scallops until brown. Plate with sauce (recipe follows) and vegetables.

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changed. That’s because Chef Leon caters her selections to the ingredients she receives from local farmers, local ranchers and her seafood vendors. If you’ve seen the cooking shows “Iron Chef” or “Iron Chef America,” you’ll understand how her kitchen operates. Once the delivery trucks have unloaded the haul, she and her kitchen team — most notably her sous-chefs, Sue Leon (her sister) and Dylan Bryant — create the specials for the dinner seatings that commence at 5 p.m. “It’s all about the creative juices here,” Chef Leon says, “and letting everything speak for itself. It should taste the way it looks. It should taste the way it sounds. It should taste the way it presents itself. Vegetables taste like they’re just picked from the garden.” So, for instance, if you order a dish whose menu description includes a carrot reduction, the sauce will have a carrot color because it came from fresh carrots and syrup reduced from carrots. The “five-day demi-glace” is made from meat cuttings that simmer and stir for, yes, five days in order to develop a rich base. Leon Bistro won’t serve a roux — a sauce thickened with flour or butter. Infusions and reductions accent the entrées. Equally key is variety. Chef Leon likes

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to feature “an influx of ethnic backgrounds” because “other countries have a lot of clean foods without a lot of fat.” In one meal, she’ll feature elements that are sweet, sour, salty and savory. It’ll be “a composed dish that’s well-balanced,” which will inspire diners to “experience different things on different sides of the plate.” That style of cooking would work as well in a family kitchen as in her restaurant kitchen — perhaps because Leon Bistro is “a solid family affair.” Along with Ann and Sue Leon, the operation includes their mother, Joan, plus two of the chef’s nephews. The eatery opened in 2008, on Mother’s Day. Exposed to the concept of local food at an early age, Chef Leon studied at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, which is when she began working at the acclaimed Bay Area restaurant Chez Panisse. In 1994, she moved over to the Claremont Resort Hotel & Spa, where she rose through the ranks to Restaurant Chef and guided the establishment to greater stature. She then helped the Regency Plaza in San Mateo reshape its menu before relocating to Chico. When she saw the space formerly occupied by Jedidiah’s become available, she worked with her family to open a signature eatery. Not only did she want to emphasize local food, she also wanted to cater to people with specific dietary needs: gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian, etc. “My grandmother’s and my mother’s dream was to have a restaurant,” Chef Leon explains. “Coming from Berkeley and Chez Panisse, and doing ‘food conspiracies’ [community agriculture collectives] with mom, trained me. We work closely with people around here doing sustainable products.

When I felt the influences up here, the concern for good food, it reminded me a lot of Berkeley. It’s earthy.” Chef Leon offers cooking classes every couple weeks, so even people who don’t dine out frequently can draw inspiration from her cuisine. Reservations for the restaurant and her classes can be made by calling (530) 899-1105. “What I’m about is expressing myself in what I prepare,” Chef Leon says. “I want to start a conversation at the table. I want people to get back to having dinner together as a family. There’s a lack of cohesiveness these days. Especially now, we should involve our children [in meals] so they know from day one where they’re getting their food and how to participate in the kitchen.” That meshes with one of her overriding philosophies: “Start where our roots are and grow from there.” LH


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f all the health benefits tied to red wine, perhaps the most surprising is that it can help people shed pounds by boosting metabolism. But don’t start guzzling Gallo just yet. There is no magic food, supplement or exercise that can shift your metabolism into overdrive; however, there are foods and behaviors that, all together, can rev it up, says Dr. Zaid Jabbar, Edward Medical Group, Bolingbrook, Ill. Along with exercising and eating an overall healthy diet, drinking one glass of

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red wine at bedtime might help with weight loss and maintenance, Jabbar says. Other foods that have been shown to increase metabolism are hot peppers, green tea and carob fiber, but of these, only green tea in large amounts (at least five cups a day) is particularly effective on its own. Therefore, a long-term strategy for optimizing a metabolism should focus on resistance training to build more lean muscle mass, because muscles require a lot of energy to maintain. In fact, “Muscles burn calories when you’re just sitting there,” Jabbar says. Aerobic exercise is important, too. It can

help to split hourlong workouts into two half-hour sessions in the morning and evening, or split a half-hour workout into two 15-minute sessions because after each cardiovascular workout the body continues to burn calories for several hours, Jabbar says. By working out twice, people can burn calories all day long, potentially around the clock. After a workout, reach for protein rather than carbohydrates because some studies show that carbs halt the afterburn, Jabbar adds. Aside from exercise, “The ultimate way to boost metabolism is by eating things that the body uses a lot of energy to

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Red wine, resistance training and sleep are just a few of the tricks to speed up a slow metabolism

digest,” such as lean protein, Jabbar says. Also, “Eat foods that give you energy instead of dragging you down,” says Lyssie Lakatos, a New York-based dietitian and author of “Fire Up Your Metabolism: 9 Proven Principles for Burning Fat and Losing Weight Forever” (Fireside, 2004). “The trick is to combine energy-revving carbs – whole-grain carbs, fruits, vegetables, beans – with a little protein and fat to slow digestion.” The more energy a person has, the more likely she is to move and sustain a higher metabolic rate, Lakatos says. Sleep also plays an important metabolic role, and not just because it restores energy. “Not sleeping enough tends to increase our appetite hormones, whereas getting enough sleep helps regulate them,” says Los Angeles-based dietician Andrea Giancoli, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

Plus, “Just think about it – if you’re sleeping, you’re not eating,” she adds. The body starts noticing it’s not getting food, though, and that’s why breakfast is so important, Lakatos says. “It gets your body out of conservation mode and provides you with the fuel you need to start your day and be more active.” “Trial after trial has shown that people who eat breakfast eat less calories throughout the day and are better able to maintain a healthy weight,” she adds. Eat multiple small meals instead of two or three large ones. “Metabolism is like a fire that needs logs. If you throw a ton of logs on it, you kill it. But if there aren’t enough logs, it dies out,” Jabbar says. “You want to feed it a little at a time.” Also, drink seven or eight glasses of icecold water a day because cold beverages make your body burn calories to maintain

its temperature, and water fills you up, Jabbar says. For those looking to incorporate some of the proven metabolism-boosting foods into their diet, remember to make substitutions. “Always be careful because you want to get the benefits without adding calories,” Giancoli says. And try using salsa for something other than chips. “You might be getting a lot of bang for your buck because it has veggies,” along with the hot peppers, she adds. Any single food’s effect on metabolism will be small. “No one has done a study putting all these things together,” Giancoli says, “but if you’re really careful with your diet and you’re watching calories, these little things might add up.” © CTW Features

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Author

Ask the Expert: Greg Critser: I’m Gonna Live Forever! The author of ‘Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging’ explains why humans want to live forever – and whether it’s possible By Matthew M. F. Miller

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n ordinary lunch with his elderly parents launched award-winning science writer Greg Critser on a quest to understand why people will sometimes take extraordinary measures to live abnormally long lives. “We were at a restaurant in Palm Springs, which Bob Hope once dubbed ‘God’s Waiting Room’ because of its huge population of elderly. I was telling them all about how modern medicine sees aging, that it is natural and that we should aim to live, say, 85 years healthily, and then just die quickly without pain.” When his mother stabbed at her artichoke – “like a serial killer,” Critser recalls – he knew he’d struck a nerve. “She just looked at me and said, ‘Uh-uh, Greg, that’s not how we see it at all. Aging is un-natural. We plan to live to 100!’ She then went on to tell me about her various anti-aging experiences. So I got the picture real quick. I began to wonder if I had been too dismissive of anti-aging, sort of like I was 30 years ago when I said the Internet thing would never fly. After all, there are legitimate scholars out there now who think aging is un-natural!” Soon, Critser – whose award-winning book, “Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003) delved into uncomfortable truths about America’s obesity epidemic – turned his attention to aging. His new book, “Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging” (Harmony Books, 2010), is the product of years of research into the anti-aging movement and Critser’s single-minded pursuit of an answer to one question: Can humans end the aging process? We spoke to Critser about his journey.

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Will it ever be possible to stop the negative aspects of aging? Think about the question itself – would anyone have asked it about 20 years ago? Yet today it is not an uncommon discussion. The short answer is no. But the real question is, why are we asking it? It’s because America, and the rest of the world, is entering a new phase. By 2050, there will be 1 million people over 100 years old in the U.S. alone! Twenty million will be 85 or older. That means a huge chunk of the population’s dominant worldview was forged nearly a century ago. The youth culture may be on its way out.

What does the phrase ‘eternity soup’ mean? The deeper I got into the search for longevity, the more I saw it as an amalgamated soup of claims, ideas, beliefs and agendas. Also, the first person to intuit that caloric restriction could expand the maximum lifespan was a 16th century Italian humanist whose main diet was soup! One day I just blurted it out – eternity soup – and it stuck.

Is there anything the average person can do to stop the aging process, or is the idea just a marketing gimmick? Sorting through that was one of the reasons I wrote the book. On the one hand, you have a growing commercial enterprise, from cosmetics to hormones, whose promoters promise the elderly and the young alike a new, extended future. On the other, you have the academics, the people who specialize in the science of aging, who demonize all anti-aging claims – except, of course, the ones that reflect their own theories. When you have that kind of divide, one driven by beliefs and ideology as much as science, you know there must be a great story to tell. And when that combines with stunning demographic changes – imagine those 1 million centenarians – well, that’s a story you can’t pass up.

You said ideology drives this debate. What do you mean by that? Let’s start with the anti-aging industry, or what I call “cash therapy.” These are folks who, in countless books, symposiums and infomercials, tout the rejuvenating wonders of hormone replacement, usually in the form of custom-tailored compounds, or bio-identicals. Their beliefs are essentially 19th century, based on the idea that merely by replacing what one loses – hormones – it’s possible not only to age healthier but to live longer. They also claim that their concoctions work better than Pharma’s solution to aging, which seems to be a thrilling and weird cocktail of medications such as Prempro, Ambien, Prozac and Zantac.

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Based on your research, is extreme calorie restriction aviable idea for the average person?

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Calorie restriction is not even a viable idea for the above-average person. While it may indeed change your body’s physiology to resemble that of a long-lived, calorie restricted mouse, there is no evidence that it will make you live any longer than if you simply took good care of yourself. And you will be miserable. The old joke: Calorie restriction may not make you live forever, but you will feel like it.

Is the discussion of anti-aging a form of ageism? Even discussing the notion of aging as a condition that can be cured somehow implies ageism – that it somehow suggests that the elderly are inferior and that being young is better than being old. Well, ageism is an important issue, and we see it all around us. But aging is, fundamentally, a disease-like state. It bears all the hallmarks of disease. We intuitively know this. I mean, Cicero pronounced it as such two thousand years ago. And, frankly, it is always better, physiologically, to be younger than older. In terms of wisdom, of course, that’s another matter.

What about the opposition to the use of hormones? Again, it is based on ideology and self interest as much as the beliefs of the “cash therapists.” For example, consider resveratrol, the grape skin extract thought to mimic the lifespanLiving Healthy | 13


habitually loud snorers, the incidence of OSA is at least 17% in men and 15% in women. An estimated 18 million Americans have OSA, and 16 million remain undiagnosed.

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OSA is associated with higher risks for hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, impotence, mortality, and behavior and cognitive problems. Sleep apnea leading to excessive daytime hyper somnolence may be responsible for many job related injuries and it is estimated that people with sleep apnea are 10 times more likely to die in a car accident than someone without sleep apnea.

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ccording to the National Sleep Foundation, some of snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs in 90 million Americans. Approximately 40% of patients over the age of 40 snore, and half of them snore every night. Among

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t takes energy to endure a hectic, non stop day. 'Whether you need to get through tough deadlines, long meetings, daily workouts or family packed days, protein arid fiber can give you the energy you need to win. One of the easiest ways to get that protein is by eating almonds. "Almonds are the ultimate fitness nut," says Mitzi Dolan, RD, CSSD. Dulan, an expert in the field of nutrition, exercise and wellness, says that almonds help fuel everyday life because they're convenient, tasty and can go anywhere you do. “Almonds are the perfect on the go food to help you power through a grueling workout, or workday for that matter." • Just a handful of almonds has 6 grams of protein which helps you sustain. energy and minimize cravings throughout the day. • Almonds are cholesterol free, low in. saturated fat and a good source of dietary fiber (35g). Eating a handful of almonds a day (about 23) in place of foods higher in saturated fat can help you maintain a healthy cholesterol level without weight gain.*

• When compared ounce for ounce, almonds are the tree nut highest in protein (6 g), fiber (3.5 g), calcium (75 mg), vitamin E (7.4 mg), riboflavin (03 mg), and niacin (1 mg). Talk about a small package packing a powerful punch. It's easy to work almonds into your busy day: 7:00 a.m. After a morning workout. Grab a handful of whole natural almonds to give your body a post workout energy boost. 11:00 a.m. The late morning snack attack. Keep a re sealable bag of flavored almonds in your desk to help ward off the desire to ambush your coworker's candy bowl or visit the vending Machines. 12:30 p.m. Lunchtime's here. Toss a handful of slivered or sliced almonds over your salad or pack a power lunch with a Turkey Pita with Fiery Almond Sauce (recipe below). 9:00 p.m. Evening munchies. Munching on a handful of flavored almonds can satisfy your craving without undoing your whole day of eating right and exercise. Or mix in whole or sliced

almonds into fatfree frozen yogurt or your favorite whole grain cereal. For more almond recipes and ideas, visit AlmondBoard.com. Try this power packed pity to get you started. Almond Board of California *Good semis about almonds and heart health Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per clay of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet loco in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving hg of almonds (28g) has 13g of unsaturated fat and only 1g of saturated fat.

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Turkey Pitas with Fiery Almond Sauce Servings: 1 1 whole wheat pita bread, halved 2 leaf lettuce leaves 4 ounces thinly sliced roast deli turkey breast ¼ of a red bell pepper, thinly sliced 6 thin cucumber slices 2 tablespoons slivered almonds 2 tablespoons Fiery Almond Sauce (recipe follows) Line pita halves with lettuce leaves; fill with turkey, bell pepper, encumber slices and almonds. Wrap sandwiches in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 8 hours. Store sauce in a separate container and drizzle sandwich with saucejust before eating.

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cup almond butter tablespoons rice vinegar tablespoon water teaspoons regular or low sodium soy sauce teaspoon light brown sugar Generous pinch of ground cayenne pepper

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Menopause

Diminish Flab, Diminish Flashes Reduction in hot flashes may be linked to women’s weight loss

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ot flashes or flushes may be the most common complaint among women experiencing menopause. Yet, these feelings of intense heat often accompanied by sweating and a rapid heartbeat may be more frequent for those who are obese or overweight. “In multiple observational studies, women with a higher body mass index

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(calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared) have reported more frequent or severe hot flushes compared with women with a lower BMI,” write the authors of a study published in “Archives of Internal Medicine.” The study showed that women who lost weight and decreased BMI and abdominal circumference reported less hot flushes during the six months of the study. Actual weight loss is key. There were no

significant associations between changes in hot flashes and changes in physical activity, calorie intake, blood pressure or overall self-reported physical and mental functioning. Dr. Alison J. Huang, an internal medicine professor at the University of California-San Francisco, along with her colleagues, studied 338 women with an average age of 53 who were overweight or obese and had urinary incontinence. During a six-month trial period, 226 of the participants were randomized to the intensive weight loss intervention and 112 to the control group. At the beginning of the study, about half of the women in each group reported that they were at least slightly bothered by flashes. According to the study’s background research, hot flushes are not only among the most common concerns of women during menopause, they may also persist for five or more years after the stage in as many as one-third of women. “Our findings indicate that women who

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“Our findings indicate that women who are overweight or obese and experience bothersome hot flushes may also experience improvement in these symptoms after pursuing behavioral weight loss strategies; however, improvements in weight or body composition may not be the only mediators of this effect.”

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5TH ANNUAL RUN FOR FOOD Thursday, November 25

9:00AM This event last year helped to raise over $50,000 for the Jesus Center and helped to support the Sabbath House Shelter for women and children, and provide for the almost 100,000 meals. This 5k run/walk begins and ends One Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park on Thanksgiving Day. For registration, questions or volunteer opportunities visit our web site: www.runforfood.com, 624-6932

MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS DE NATI CANO: FIESTA NAVIDAD HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

ENLOE HEALTH LEARNING CENTER Ongoing

Tuesday: 2:00-6:00PM; Wednesday-Friday: 11AM-3PM The Enloe Health Learning Center is a community library. We invite you to browse a broad array of health and medical information. Learn more about a disease or disorder affecting a family member, research a medical diagnosis or find wellness information. A free library card gives you access to health care information through books, periodicals, Internet access, multimedia resources and more. 1465 Esplanade at 5th Avenue, Chico. 530-332-7323 View our online catalog and search the Krames health information www.enloe.org/library.

Thursday, December 2

7:30PM, Laxson Auditorium Dancing, Singing and Mariachis signal the traditional celebration of the Mexican Holiday Season. 898-6333-University Box Offic. www.chicoperformances.com

PLAZA SUITE

November 4 – December 5

Presented by Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise, a comedy by Neil Simon. Three acts, each involving different characters but all set in Suite 719 of New York City’s Plaza Hotel. This delightful play combines real life messages and typical Simon wit. 877-5760 or www.TOTR.org

WHITE CHRISTMAS

10TH ANNUAL CRECHE EXHIBIT

Doors open at 7:00PM, Show at 7:30PM Perfect for the Holiday Season. An unforgettable musical about love and friendship will made your days merry and bright. Chico Cabaret - 895-0245

1:00-8:00PM Nativity scenes from around the world will be the center of this FREE community event. Hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2430 Mariposa Avenue, Chico. Nightly musical programming at 7PM and Sunday, Dec. 6th, 4:30PM to 7PM concluding with a special broadcast featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 343-7161

Thursday, November 18 – Saturday, December 18

CHRISTMAS PREVIEW

Sunday, November 21

4:00-8:00PM Downtown Chico Stores don beautiful decorations, refreshments are served and strolling carolers add a special charm to the downtown streets. Santa will arrive to his station on Third Street & Broadway. 18

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10:30PM Chico Cabaret presents... a little bit naughty, a little bit nice! Mature audiences: a hilarious risqué show with a multitude of talent. 895-0245

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HOLIDAY SEASON FUNDRAISER GLORIOUS SOUNDS OF THE SEASON Friday-S Sunday, December 3-5 5

BAH HUMBUG FESTIVAL OF CRAFTS December 11-2 24

Mon.-Sat. 10AM-7PM. Sundays and Christmas Eve from 10AM-5PM Free admission. Corner of East Ave. and Cohasset, Chico

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Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM Sunday at 2:00PM Chico’s favorite holiday concert features music for the season from the Music Department Faculty and students. Choir and solos, bells, horns, bands and trios, and a sing-a-long! CSU-Harlan Adams Theatre. Box office – 898-6333

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BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES

10:00PM-5:00PM Over 50 crafts people offer handmade items for gifts and home use. Live music, snack bar and Gigguls the Clown. Oroville Municipal Auditorium, Myers Street at Montgomery. 534-1200 - KRBS Radio

7:30PM, Laxson Auditorium The Flecktones Holiday Tour joyously sleighs into town with a decidedly different take on holiday music. This is the Flecktones like you have never heard before. 898-6333-University Box Office

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Tuesday, December 14

PARADISE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY & LIGHTED TRUCK PARADE Saturday, December 5

5:30PM Paradise Community Park, Pearson and Black Olive, Paradise. 872-6291

COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING Friday, December 3

5:30PM Beginning at 6pm City Plaza will glow the joy of Christmas. Enjoy a musical program featuring local choral groups, a few words from the City's Mayor and a special visit from jolly old Saint Nick. Following the ceremony Santa will be stationed in the Plaza ready for visitors. DCBA-345-6500

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Thurs/Sat at 7:30PM; Sat/Sun at 2:00PM; Laxson Auditorium This enchanting ballet will feature the area’s most talented young ballet dancers and Tchaikovsky’s magical score. 8986333-University Box Office www.chicoperformances.com

“THE NUTCRACKER” BALLET

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Fri/Sat at 7:15PM; Sat/Sun at 2:15PM; Paradise Performing Art Center Enjoy this Christmas classic performed by the Northern California Ballet. 777 Nunneley Road, Paradise. 872-1719 See CALENDAR, next page Living Healthy

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MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

MENOPAUSE-THE MUSICAL

7:30PM – Laxson Auditorium Outrageous new musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Phython and the Holy Grail”.

4PM and 7:30PM, Laxson Auditorium This musical parody is set to classic tunes from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and has entertained and inspired woman from coast-to-coast and internationally. The allfemale cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. Hilarious! Box Office: 898-6333

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sunday, February 13

PEKING ACROBATS SILVER ANNIVERSARY TOUR

4 BITCHIN’ BABES DIVA NATION

7:30PM Laxson Auditorium Perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, treacherous wirewalking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, exciting juggling, and flying somersaults. And live musicians skillfully playing traditional Chinese instruments and high-tech special effects. 898-6333 Univ. Box Office

7:30PM Laxson Auditorium Join this Fabulous Female Folkestra for a royally hilarious musical journey as they navigate life in the nation…..Diva Nation, that is! Come celebrate the “Inner Majesty” in us all. Box Office: 898-6333 www.chicoperformances.com

Wednesday, February 16

Tuesday, January 18

GUITAR MASTERS: ERIC JOHNSON, ANDY MCKEE AND PEPPINO D’AGOSTINO Thursday, January 20, 2011

7:30PM, Laxson Auditorium Three of the world’s finest guitar masters join in an evening devoted to acoustic guitar. A must see evening for all guitar lovers. Box Office: 898-6333 www.chicoperformances.com

MAYA ANGELOU BRIDGING OUR WORLD Thursday, February 17

BONGA & VODOU DRUMS OF HAITI Friday, February 4

7:30PM – Laxson Auditorium Haiti’s drum virtuoso Bonga Jean-Baptiste leads masterful explorations of intricate roots, rhythm and dance. Pure family fun! 898-6333 University Box Office www.chicoperformances.com

TOMMY EMMANUEL

Wednesday, February 9

7:30PM Laxson Auditorium Slapping, tapping, strumming, and humming, Tommy is a Chico hero, and his live performances are legendary. 898-6333University Box Office www.chicoperformances.com

LOVE SONGS OF THE BEATLES MUSIC DEPARTMENT BENEFIT

MONSTER CONCERT PIANO

Saturday, January 22, 2011

2:30PM and 7PM, Laxson Auditorium The thunder of 16 digital pianos simultaneously played by 32 children resounds at this concert of popular movie themes and Broadway hits. Box Office: 898-6333 www.chicoperformances.com 20

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Friday, February 11

7:30PM – Harlan Adams Theatre We celebrate the love songs of the Beatles at this one-of-a-kind Valentine’s celebration. Concert features Music Department faculty and students and community musicians. (Call 898-5152 to audition.) All proceeds benefit the Music Department. Box Office: 898-6333

7:30PM Laxson Auditorium Renowned Poet, an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement, 3-time Grammy award-winner, recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, and mesmerizing performance speaker, Dr. Maya Angelou shatters prisms of race and class while elevating the discussion of being human. Box Office: 898-6333 www.chicoperformances.com

HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR BLUES, JAZZ & GOSPEL Thursday, February 24

7:30PM Laxson Auditorium An extraordinary evening of foot stomping and hand clapping blues, jazz and gospel spirituals. Box Office: 898-6333

BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET JAZZ FUSION Friday, February 25

7:30PM Laxson Auditorium Following in the footsteps of father Dave, this evening of contemporary jazz features siblings Daniel and Chris Brubeck, guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb. Box Office: 898-6333 www.chicoperformances.com

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Friday-9:00AM-8:00PM; Saturday-10:00AM-3:00PM Los Molinos 384-2292

NORTH STATE SYMPHONY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

INDIAN PEAK VINEYARD’S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

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Saturday and Sunday, December 4-5 5

11AM to 5PM Indian Peak Vineyard,31559 Forward Rd. Manton. 474-5506

NORTH STATE BARREL RACING

Saturday, November 27

8:00AM Red Bluff Fairgrounds, 526-4210

RED BLUFF CHRISTMAS PARADE

Saturday, November 27

5:30PM Downtown Red Bluff, 527-6220

GUIDED BIRD WALK SACRAMENTO RIVER VALLEY

Saturday, December 18

RED BLUFF OUTLAW KARTS

State Theatre. 727-8727

Saturdays, Dec. 4, 11, 18

1:00PM Tehama District Fairgrounds, 527-5920 www.rboutlaws.com

Dec. 4, 2010, Jan. 8, 2011 Feb. 5, 2011, Mar. 5, 2011

8:00AM-10:00AM The first Saturday of every Month, Sacramento River Discovery Ctr., 527-1196

Free Stop Smoking Class “Who Else Wants To Be A Relaxed, Happy, Non-Smoker For Life?” Classes held on the following dates:

Date: Tues., Nov. 30 & Dec. 7, 2010 — Time: 7-8 p.m. Place: Evergreen Plaza — 120 Amber Grove Dr., Chico 1 block past Shasta Ave. off of the Esplanade Classes also offered in the future (call for dates). • Why you don’t need willpower to stop smoking and what works much better • A proven 4-step solution to your smoking habit • Why most stop smoking programs fail miserably and how to stop smoking forever • Experience the freedom from tobacco! • Closely guarded secrets the tobacco companies don’t want you to know and how to end their control over you • This is not hypnosis, nor will we show you pictures of ugly lungs or use scare tactics. • This is a “free” life-changing talk about you being released from your smoking habit for life with Rapid Response Therapy, the ultimate stop smoking solution!

Seating is limited so reserve early at: www.YourStopSmokingCoach.com or call 965-0205 Presenter:

SANTA’S CAMP FOR KIDS CHRISTMAS LUMINARY REMEMBRANCE Sunday, December 5

5:00PM, Oak Hill Cemetery, 527-4417

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Saturday, December 18

9:00AM-12:00PM Red Bluff Community Center, 209-5209

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Saturday, December 18

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7:30AM Red Bluff Community Center, 527-8177

HOLIDAY CAMP FOR KIDS Monday thru Friday, December 27-3 30

Red Bluff Community Center 527-8177

NEW YEAR’S EVE BULL RIDING CHAMPIONSHIP & DANCE PARTY Friday, December 31

Tehama District Fairgrounds, 891-1650 Living Healthy

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Through the generosity of corporations flying business aircraft, Corporate Angel Network arranges free travel for cancer patients using the empty seats on corporate jets.

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This service is vitally important to cancer patients. Some simply can’t afford the cost to fly commercially. Others can’t handle the stress of navigating airports. Still others can’t risk the exposure of crowded airports because of immune system deficiencies.

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Since 1981, Corporate Angel Network, a not-for-profit organization, has worked with U.S. corporations to schedule more than 31,000 cancer-patient flights and currently transports nearly 250 patients a month to and from treatment.The process is simple. Corporate Angel Network’s staff does all the work. After all, patients and their families have enough to worry about. work. After all, patients and their familie enough to worry about.

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