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Standing Room Only at Chamber’s Annual Dinner then installed the 2018 Directors. See page 3 for list. The program included the surprise appearance of Cal Fire staff, accompanied by California Conservation Corps representatives. They were honored and thanked for their service by Mark Thorp, and then greeted the crowd of appreciative guests. Paradise Rotary provided bar service, and Billings Photography was on hand with a photo booth.

Generous donations from local businesses, as well as the baking skills of our Board of Directors, helped to offset the cost of the event. Silent auction donors, too numerous to mention, provided products and services not only to showcase the bounty of Paradise but to offset the cost of the event and to support the Chamber’s work in enhancing the culture and environment of the Ridge.

New table decorating contest a big hit

Volunteers from California Vocations are seated at the award winning table decorated by Made in Paradise, a division of the Work Training Center. By Monica Nolan Executive Director, Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce


aradise Ridge Chamber’s Annual Installation Dinner hosted a sold-out crowd at the Paradise Ridge Senior Center as community members were recognized for their service and accomplishments. The occasion welcomed new and returning Chamber board members working to enhance the culture and environment of the Ridge. Past President Jay Cooke of Professional Mortgage Associates passed the gavel to incoming 2018 President, David

New Laws Affecting California Employers In 2018, California enacted new laws affecting California employers. Here’s a snapshot of new legislation. For a copy of CalChamber’s “An Overview of New 2018 Laws Affecting California Employers” white paper, contact your Chamber of Commerce at • Parental Leave for small employers (businesses with 20 or more employees) • Ban-the-box Law restricts employers from asking about criminal history on job applications (businesses with 5 or more employees) • Salary History Question prohibition bans all employers from asking job applicants about prior salary history • New rules protect workers from immigration enforcement • Alcohol servers to receive mandatory training • Expanded discrimination, harassment and retaliation protections • Wage-and-hour enforcement • Workplace safety and workers’ compensation

Shepler, Wells Fargo Bank, who welcomed all present and introduced board members and dignitaries. Our new president thanked Paradise Chamber Executive Director Monica Nolan for her tireless and visionary leadership, and Membership and Events Coordinator Mark Thorp for his contagious enthusiasm and passion for the Paradise community. He acknowledged Events Committee Chair, Jill Williams, instrumental in making the event a success. President Shepler recognized the support of his Wells Fargo family, with a special shout out to recently retired Service Manager Vickie Perez for inspiring his passion to give back to the Paradise

community, and his wife Melissa, a teacher at Children’s Community Charter School, for supporting his Chamber mission. Shepler concluded by encouraging the full support of our membership and community, stating: “The more we support each other, the stronger we will all be. As a member…certainly there are many benefits, but for me-it’s not about what I get, it’s about what I give. It seems the more I give, the more I get in return. I try to live by this philosophy: “Life is not about avoiding bruises, life is about collecting the scars to prove you showed up for it!” I am very optimistic about what this year holds for the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce. Shepler

This year’s event featured a table decorating contest showcasing the products and artistry of A Stitch Above Embroidery & Shirt Printing, Adventist Health Feather River Livewell Center, Ampla Health, Arbonne - Jenn Brooks, Independent Consultant, Atria Paradise, Edward Jones InvestmentsShannon Hurte, Paradise Chocolate Fest, Paradise ROCKS!, Wells Fargo, Work Training Center – Made in Paradise, and Sierra Central Credit Union.

Daffodils Across the Ridge

By Jayne Locas


hile writing a gardening column for the Paradise Post, the concept of a town wide gardening project took shape in my mind. It was a seed that was planted, but never germinated, until I heard of the Daffodil Project in New York City—a city wide project to plant daffodils to serve as a memorial for the tragedy of 9-11. When I returned to Paradise, I began to envision my own daffodil project as a way to bring beauty to the entire town. A friend, knowing what an avid gardener I was, presented me with a photo of a sign that read, “To Plant A Garden, Is To Believe in Tomorrow.”   Little did I know when I was given the gift that it would become a mantra to carry me through a struggle with cancer. The sign was always there encouraging me to do something in my garden each day. I knew I would have a tomorrow, because I was planting a garden. Slowly I recovered my health, and it was during this time that I saw the many daffodils planted at a business on the corner of Skyway and Elliot in Paradise. My vision began to take shape.  In January 2008, I was named chairperson

for the beautification committee of the Paradise Garden Club. Shortly afterwards, the daffodils on the Skyway began to bloom. In my mind, I could see them blanketing the town in a mass of yellow blooms. I approached the club with my proposal to plant 3,000 daffodils in the Town of Paradise as the beginning of an ongoing project that would bring warmth to the soul after a long and often dreary Ridge winter. While my vision was in its infancy, the town was devastated by the Humboldt Fire. Many of the club members were evacuated, and saw their friends and families lose their homes and all that was near and dear to them. When we gathered together to share our feelings about the destruction, I brought along my sign, “To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow.” From this sign we adopted the motto for our project. The vision was no longer just to bring warmth to the soul after the dreary winter; it was also to bring hope for the future. If we can plant a garden of daffodils, there will be a tomorrow.  To date, my vision for 3,000 bulbs to be planted the first year has grown to over 100,000 bulbs, financed by the Paradise Garden Club and community support. While the vision for “Daffodils Across the Ridge  is mine, credit for making the concept a reality goes to the diligent efforts and undying support of the daffodil committee, the faith of the garden club members who elected me Beautification Chairperson, and enthusiastic response of the entire community. During the seasons that I took on the task of planting the many bulbs I often wondered why I was doing all this work, sometimes in the wind, rain and even snow. But with each spring comes the reward. The cheerful blooms blanket the community as a symbol of hope for all to share. The project was my dream but dreams are a thousand times better when others can share them. I was recognized as Paradise Elks Club Woman of the year for the project. 

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Tourism grants available to local organizations

By Carolyn Denero Program Coordinator Explore Butte County

Marketing Opportunities for Local Businesses

On January 1, 2018 Explore Butte County began accepting applications for a “Zone Marketing Grant Program” that grants funding to organizations demonstrating that they will promote tourism to Butte County. Funds will be distributed based on specific jurisdictions within the County that the applicants self-select during the application process. The board will be reviewing applications for a variety of tourism-related initiatives including projects, special events, seminars and collateral creation that increase the marketing reach of Butte County to potential visitors. Applications will be accepted through March 31. Interested parties may apply for the funding by visiting zone-marketing-grant/. The San Francisco Chronicle will publish a travel section, March 18, 2018 to exclusively promote Butte County as a destination for travelers. EBC’s board of directors voted unani-

mously to designate marketing funds to this project; content for 4 pages will be sponsored by EBC while the rest of the section will consist of editorial content written by the San Francisco Chronicle. A digital “story studio” and a digital ad package, all promoting events and activities special to our area, are included in the project. EBC and the San Francisco Chronicle encourage those interested in advertising opportunities in this section to contact us for more information: This is an opportunity for visibility in a massive market; cooperative ads are encouraged. The County of Butte initiated regional tourism planning efforts in 2013 with support from all local jurisdictions. Explore Butte County (EBC), the 501(c)6 non-

profit organization, was established in November 2015 to oversee the management of the Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) funds. The TBID collects a 2 percent assessment fee from tourists—or $2 for every $100 spent on lodging. Explore Butte County is managed by a board of directors comprised primarily of Butte County lodging property representatives. The TBID’s main purpose is to promote future travel and highlight amenities of participating jurisdictions, including unincorporated Butte County, Chico, Oroville, Paradise, and Biggs, with an ultimate goal of growing regional tourism resulting in increased economic spending within the region. Please take some time to review EBC’s efforts by visiting

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Chamber Welcomes New President, New Board Members Message from the President


am honored to to serve as President of the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce in 2018. As someone with experience working and volunteering locally, both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, I am strongly aware of the Chamber’s role as a community builder across sectors. The Chamber represents the voice of businesses and organizations in the community and I am looking forward to working with all of our Chamber members to make the Ridge

Welcome New Board Members

David Shepler, Wells Fargo Bank

community a better place to work and live. I am grateful to all of our past Presidents and board members for their unwavering commitment and dedication to the Chamber over the past 75 years. I also feel fortunate to work with Executive Director Monica Nolan, Membership & Events Coordinator Mark Thorp and our current board members, whose motivation and tenacity make the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce relevant and vital to the Paradise Ridge community.

Finally, I am excited for the future of the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce and for the entire Paradise Ridge community. There are many exciting opportunities on the horizon for our community and with the support of other community leaders, organizations and volunteers, I am confident that the Paradise Ridge community will flourish in the future. I look forward to working with all of our community members as we continue to make Paradise “all its name implies.”

Gary Bess, PhD

Gary Bess Associates For 25 years, Gary Bess has been the owner of Gary Bess Associates (GBA), a grant writing, program evaluation, data analytics and management consulting firm that primarily works with nonprofit health and human services agencies. With 14 employees in Paradise, Sacramento and Grass Valley, GBA specializes in Federally Qualified Health Centers, as well as other agencies including homeless services organizations, behavioral health agencies, and women’s and children’s’ service programs.  Gary has lived on the Ridge for 22 years with wife, Cindy Ratekin, and daughter Katie Strautman and son, Grayson Bess.  He has a PhD from the University of Southern California in Social Work, and two master’s degrees in social work and applied sociology.  He has participated in Chamber events through attendance and sponsorship, and hopes to contribute to the success of the Chamber by offering input into planning, resource development and promotion of activities.

Heidi Elick,

Prosperity Investment Management, Inc. Heidi Elick is the Vice President of Prosperity Investment. She has been with PIM for 16 years and has spent a little more than 19 years on the Ridge. Her current community activities include support of Relay for Life, A Simple Gesture and many Rotary events. She is past treasurer for the Paradise Horseman’s Association, served on the board for Paradise Little League and Paradise Jr. Football. She’s willing to give time, energy and resources to support the mission of the Chamber and support all of the great things “Paradise.”

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Stephen Graf, Pearson Road Collision Repair Farwell and Thank you: Pamela teeter, A Maker’s Space Andy Torkelson,Center for Spiritual Living Nicki Jones, HeavenScent Candles & Gifts; Bobbi’s Boutique Dean Fender, Paradise Direct

The 2018 Board of Directors of the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce: Shuree Wesley, M&S Wesley Tree Service; Jenn Brooks, Independent Arbonne Consultant; Secretary Gail Ennis, Just a Piece of Paradise; Vice President Jill Williams, Edward Jones Investments; Past President Jay Cooke, Professional Mortgage Associates; President David Shepler, Wells Fargo Bank; Treasurer Judy Clemens, Theatre on the Ridge; Carol Peterson, Boys & Girls Club; Steve Crowder, A Stitch Above Embroidery & Shirt Printing; Jeni Harris, Curves Paradise; Anita Towslee, Tax Solutions; Maureen Wisener, Feather River Hospital and Gary Bess, Gary Bess Associates. Not pictured: Heidi Elick, Prosperity Investment Management, Inc.

Farewell and Thank you:

Pamela Teeter, A Maker’s Space Andy Torkelson, Center for Spiritual Living Nicki Jones, HeavenScent Candles & Gifts; Bobbi’s Boutique Dean Fender, Paradise Direct Stephen Graf, Pearson Road Collision Repair

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Chamber Recognizes Community Business of the Year

Wilson Printing and Signs By Judy Clemens, Treasurer, PRCOC; Executive Director, Theatre On the Ridge Kathy Hafer and Ray Wilson were born and raised in Paradise. Their mother, Fern Wilson, started Ridge Gazette in back in 1970. Ray started working for her when he was in high school, and Kathy moved back here in 1981 and worked for the Gazette. When their mother died in 1983, they sold the paper to the Paradise Post. At that time they opened Photo Express, the first 1-hour photo shop in Paradise. After a few years in the K-Mart shopping center, they bought the Siblings Ray Wilson and Kathy Hafer accepted the Busiproperty on Elliott, remodeled ness of the Year Award in recognition of Wilson Printand have been there ever since, ing and Signs quality and array of services. All awardeventually evolving into Wilson ees also received recognitions Laura Page of Congressman Printing & Signs.  LaMalfa’s office, Juleah Cordi from Assemblymember Customer satisfaction is their James Gallagher’s office and Saulo Londono from #1 goal and they work to earn the title of “Friendliest Print/ Senator Nielsen’s office. Sign Shop in town.” They are a FULL SERVICE shop, working Fern was an amazing lady and I know she quietly behind the scenes. They are always would have been proud of her kids and so generous to either donate and/or dis- all Kathy has accomplished with over 20 count when they can for all the non-profits years in Quota, serving as President three on the Ridge--whatever the cause … what- times, and District Governor. She has also ever the fundraiser. They have been taking been an advisor for Rainbow Girls for alcare of us at Theatre On the Ridge for most 30 years. And although he is shy and over 30 years … and for us, they are family.  retiring, Ray was a member of Rotary for Kathy has always wished she could fol- over 20 years. It is my pleasure and my low in her mother’s footsteps in community honor to congratulate my friends, Kathy service. As a newspaper journalist, Fern Hafer and Ray Wilson of Wilson Printwas extremely active in the community ing and Signs for the 2018 Outstanding with unlimited energy and enthusiasm. Business award.

Business Beautification Award Eye Life Institute By Jody Jones, Mayor, Town of Paradise

I am thrilled to give this year’s beautification award to the Eye Life Institute! David and Dana Gajda began work on their new 6600 square foot building on Clark Road in March 2016 and completed it almost exactly one year ago on January 24, 2017. They not only built a beautiful new building but they contracted with a local company, Trilogy Construction, to build it. Nine other local sub-contractors worked on this project, providing jobs in our local economy. The building was designed with the latest energy efficiencies and built with future growth and development in mind. There is space for an additional building if ever needed in the future. The colors and materials used were chosen to complement the existing landscape and fit into the character of Paradise and the unique interior is designed to maximize patient efficiency. David and Dana Gajda love Paradise and are proud to be part of the business com-

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For Sustained Service to the Ridge Community Joan and Sam Dresser, Gold Nugget Museum By Don Criswell, President, Gold Nugget Museum Joan and Sam moved to Paradise in 1964, and during the 1970s, were among the founders of the Gold Nugget Museum. The Gold Nugget Days Committee created a museum to provide an educational service to the community, preserve the history of the Ridge, and generate a revenue stream to finance Gold Nugget Days. Sam and Joan have been instrumental in the Gold Nugget Museum’s hugely successful school programs, educating thousands of young people in the Northstate for over 20 years. Joan and Sam’s example of community service was embraced by their own family. Their children, grandchildren, and now, great-grandchildren all participate in supporting and promoting the Gold Nugget Museum. Sam continues to serve on the Board of Directors and works daily at maintaining, restoring, and creating new features on the Museum’s extensive grounds. Sam has extensive knowledge of history, mining operations and equipment; all important Museum features. Sam served on the Paradise Town Council and was our Mayor. Joan continues to serve as Museum Director, up to her elbows identifying and cataloguing thousands of precious historical artifacts and documents. The “heartbeat of Gold Nugget Museum,” Joan provides a solid, comforting base of knowledge, wisdom and good sense. Thank you to our fine friends and neighbors, Joan and Sam Dresser.

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For sustained service to the Paradise Ridge Chamber Of Commerce Carol Peterson, Boys & Girls Club By Monica Nolan, Executive Director, Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce Love is an action

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all actively love our community. The Ed Salome Award for service to the Chamber is named for an individual who has been indispensable to carrying out the work and mission of the Chamber. To our retired and esteemed Executive Director, Ed Salome, thank you. To our entire team, I’d like to say thank you for your support, and share a dandy little platitude I gleaned from an oracle called Facebook: We know you can’t do it all, but we need all you can do. It is now my honor to bestow the 2017 Ed Salome Award for service to the Chamber to Carol Peterson. Not only has Carol staffed the Chamber office for many years, but through her devotion and vision she is the guiding force behind two of our Chamber’s most valued services and products: The Ridge Business Journal and The Paradise Ridge Lifestyle and Resource Guide in partnership with Mark Orlando, owner Upstart Publishing. In case any of you don’t know, Carol is the retired publisher of the Paradise Post. We are getting ready to publish the 37 th edition of the Ridge Business Journal. In publication since 2010, the RBJ is a platform for our members, a voice for our business community, and a Chamber publication unrivalled in the County. In 2017, the Chamber produced the inaugural edition of the Paradise Ridge Lifestyle and Resource Guide to better serve our members and the community. Carol’s expertise in the publishing industry, relationships, and editorial skill are directly responsible for these products which are a source of pride for the Chamber and community. Working with Carol has been a joy not only because of her unfailingly pleasant nature and skills, but because she has taught me so much about print publications, our community, and she knows where all the bodies are buried! By that, I mean that Carol’s long history in Paradise informs her skill in the particular diplomacy required to navigate long-standing relationships and leverage connections to further our mission. With her passion, commitment and connections, Carol is an embodiment of the Ed Salome award for service to the Chamber. If I had a dollar for every time she said “I’ll do it if you can’t find anyone else” I would retire rich.

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at Annual Awards Dinner

Louise Stahl Award - For meritorious service to the Paradise Ridge community George Siler, Youth for Change By Mark Thorp, Membership & Events, Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce

Each year, the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce, through your nominations, selects one individual who has displayed an above-andbeyond character, unique among the numerous volunteers that give daily within our community. This year’s recipient was: • Born in Red Bluff and moved to Redding at the George Siler, Chief Executive Officer, ripe old age of one. • Studied engineerYouth for Change, was recognized for his long standing commitment to ing at Shasta College while volunteering time Ridge Youth. at a residential program there • Opened Youth for Change in 1991 • Opened Paradise Ridge Family Resource Center in 2000 • Collaborated with Butte County Mental Health to establish the 6th Street Center for Youth in 2008 • Active in numerous organizations including: Rotary and Butte County Children’s Services Coordinating Council. Several quotations are associated with this year’s recipient: “The furthest thing from my mind was social work – no way, and look at me now!” “That’s where my heart is… nothing compares to trying to help kids.” “At work, I surround myself with the most gifted and talented employees in this industry.” (Youth for Change has 183 talented, dedicated, and purposeful employees.) “My employees, and their willingness to put forth the effort to go above and beyond the call of duty, are what makes the program successful. My job is to take care of and support them so they can be as productive as possible.” Youth for Change has a mission to support individuals, children and families so that they may live happy, healthy and safe lives by providing services that promote dignity, self-determination, and well-being. It is my pleasure to present this year’s Louise Stahl award to George Siler, Chief Executive Officer, Youth for Change.

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

For Innovative & Exemplary Business Practices Jennifer Swiger, Paradise ROCKS! and Pet Sitting in Paradise By Jenn Brooks, Arbonne Independent Consultant Jen Swiger is the owner/operator of Pet Sitting in Paradise and Paradise ROCKS! — the coolest rock shop in Butte County with rocks, crystals, fossils, minerals, art, jewelry, and gifts! Jen moved up here from San Luis Obispo, where she had done some healing and metaphysical work with rocks and crystals. Paradise ROCKS! also double as a visitors’ center on weekends for the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce. Treating everyone with respect, Jen has an awesome outlook on life, always positive, with a huge, heart-warming smile. Jen edifies other businesses and community members, promoting art and culture in Butte County and our Ridge, painting rocks and hiding them all over town while encouraging community members to join the rock hunt and ROCK Paradise! A customer testimonial reads like this: “First, but most certainly will not be the last, visit to this wonderful experience. I say ‘experience’ for that is exactly what it was, a beautiful, peaceful space with a diversity of works, something for everyone. The energy and enthusiasm shown by the lovely Jennifer Swiger was so refreshing I left there feeling ready to take up creating art works. Thanks Jennifer for your warm welcome and the wonderful advice and time you spent with my daughter, Albany. Paradise ROCKS! is the perfect name because not only does our little town Rock, but so does Jennifer!” Jen, we are glad Paradise is your “forever home” because we are lucky to have you.

Jennifer Swiger received the newly minted Entrepreneur of the Year Award For Innovative & Exemplary Business Practices in recognition of Pet Sitting in Paradise and Paradise ROCKS!

Special Recognition Award

For promoting community spirit on the Ridge Cindy Haskett, Blue Team Realty By Evie Cameron, Blue Team Realty The special recognition award is for promoting community spirit, created to honor a specific kind of service to this community-- the service provided is that of enthusiasm! And the person receiving this honor is enthusiastic. Her superpower is enthusiasm. Those of you who know her, know what a force for good she embodies, and those of you who don’t know her, are going to find out. Her service includes supporting: SHOR, the Paradise Fire Fighters, the Salvation Army, the Make-A-Wish foundation, Rotary, and the Chico Community Observatory, to name just a few. The support from this person has been financial and boots on the ground, superhero boots in fact. She runs a thriving business, Blue Team Realty, that many people in our community use and love. She has made success possible for other people in her industry, consistently leading by enthusiastic example. She does all of these things because she loves being on the planet, and wants others to love being here, too. She Community Cheerleader Cindy Haskett is a powerhouse of hard work, generosity, and sincere affection for those of Blue Team Realty was recognized whom she serves. It is my honor and privilege to present the special recfor her enthusiastic support of a wide ognition award for promoting community spirit to my dear friend and range of causes and projects. superhero, Cindy Haskett.

A big Thank You to Billings Photography for the fun photos at the annual dinner.

Enjoying the photo booth were representatives from Blue Team Realty; Adventist Health Feather River; The Gold Nugget Museum; Century 21 Select, Patty G. McKee, Realtor® and Anita Towslee, Tax Solutions; Monica Nolan, Executive Director, and Jill Williams, Vice President, Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

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Winter Ribbon Cuttings All are welcome at Chamber ribbon cuttings and mixers. Leave work on time and bring a handful of business cards and your elevator speech, or grab a friend and come and learn more about your local businesses.

Paradise Rocks! First Anniversary Friday, March 2 Mixer at Atria Senior Living Thursday, March 8 1007 Buschmann Road

Thursdays at 5:30p.m. unless otherwise noted. Now scheduling 2018 ribbon cuttings, spotlights, and mixers; contact Monica at 877-9356 or

Ribbon Cutting: American Homes and Land Thursday, March 15 5580 Almond Street

Rotary/Chamber Mixer & Bowling Challenge Thursday, March 22 Tall Pines Entertainment Center 5445 Clark Road, Paradise

Time Saver Personal Errands & Organizing offers support for professionals, seniors and families with personal assistance for organization, projects and moving. Contact Autumn Grobbel at 693-7932 or

Many thanks to Center for Spiritual Living for hosting our Annual Holiday Mixer in their beautiful sanctuary!


Local and regional Tri Counties Bank representatives were on hand to present Paradise Business Banking options. Visit Travis, Sonny and the team at 6848 Skyway, Suite Q, in the Holiday Plaza.

Visit Backyard Solutions at 6194 Skyway for jacuzzi hot tubs, Sunsetter Awnings, top flight flags and flagpoles, pellet grills, garden accents, pool, pond, and spa supplies, and Lifetime Solar. The design center will help create that oasis you’ve always wanted.

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Farmers Insurance Achieve Charter Schools of Paradise The Kevin Baker Insurance Agency celebrated its relocation to the K-Mart Plaza. Visit the team at 6616 Clark Road Suite C.

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February/March 2018 • Ridge Business Journal 7 ple and legendary sights such as the Blarney Stone, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy legendary beverages such as Guinness, Jameson, and Smithwick’s! Join Paradise Travel on its 41st anniversary for a 14 day, fully guided tour of Ireland from July 29 - August 11, 2018. Includes 13 nights accommodations, 18 meals, professional tour guide, private deluxe motor coach and entrance into many Irish highlights. Land tour price, $3,250.00 pp! $200.00 pp secures your place. 872-0285 for details.

Paradise Irrigation District employees and others plan and staff this event—to be held this year on Saturday, April 21— local businesses provide funds to stock the lake as well as raffle prizes, snack bar food and gift certificates for kids. Your donation to the 20th Annual Kids Fishing Day is tax-deductible and will be recognized with a banner at the event as well as in the final press release after the event. Help youth on the Ridge have fun in our beautiful outdoors as they sample fishing at Paradise Lake! To Tax Solutions donate, call 877-4971. Anita Towslee is an enrolled agent, representing taxpayFind Paradise in Ireland ers before the IRS. Utilizing The Emerald Isle is a land of her accounting degree to beauty, myths, delightful peo- serve her community, Anita

took the name Tax Solutions in 2012 when she acquired the business. Over the years, she has been sought out by retiring tax accountants to take over their practices because they know she treats her clients like family. Her rates are quite reasonable; after all, one doesn’t want to overcharge family, right? Tax Solutions is a full service accounting firm servicing your personal and business tax needs. Been a while since you filed? Tax Solutions can help. For an appointment. 877-9014. Tax Solutions, 5800 Clark Rd, Suite 3, Paradise.

opened they have added new specimens, expanded their line of crystal jewelry, and created a Kids’ Korner for “Rockhounds in Training.” The Cranes for a Cause fundraising campaign raised $510 in 2017 for charities on the Ridge; and hopes to exceed that in 2018! Visit for new rocks, minerals, fossils, art and now apparel. 5660 Skyway. Paradise ROCKS! is the DIAMOND in the rough between vintage and antique shops.

Shredding and Recycling Service The Creative Learning Center in Paradise, a rehabilitation program for the developParadise ROCKS! Because of YOU! mentally disabled, serves the Paradise ROCKS! has been Ridge community by shredROCK’N the Ridge for nearly ding confidential documents one year! Since the shop and recycling cans and bot-

tles. Recycling routes in Paradise and Magalia make it easy and convenient. Fully licensed, bonded and confidential document shredding is only 34 cents per pound delivered to our site, 1080 Ewald Court, behind the old Paradise Post on Clark Road. Collection service is available for a minimum 10 boxes for 50 cents per pound. These activities provide clients the opportunity to serve others, and income generated provides meals and arts and crafts supplies. Info 877-1366 or call Bob Voss, 966-7793. Paradise Rotary Welcomes New Members and New President Congratulations to Paradise Attorney, Tom Baker, elected as the 2019-2020 President of the Rotary Club of Paradise. A

member since 2003, Tom has served on the Board of Directors, as a Team Leader and numerous other positions. Club presidency is a three and a half year commitment. Tom follows Lauren Gill, Town Manager, current club president, and Brian Gray of Gray Matter Computers, 2018-2019 club president. Recent club inductees: Kevin Kelly, retired AT&T Technician, has been active in our community coaching sports, driving school buses. Michelle John, Superintendent of Paradise Unified School District and her husband Phil John, a selfemployed hospital consultant. Michelle has served in several different positions in PUSD before becoming superintendent. Phil is also Chair of the Butte County Planning Commission.

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Paradise Elks Bingo

Sundays (except holiday weekends). Doors open 1:30 PM, games 2:30 PM

Elks Lodge, Grand Hall, 1100 Elk Lane $15 buy-in, $5 packs. Proceeds support Elks charities. 877-3977.

“Tinsel Town Tuesdays” Every Tuesday, 2 PM

Paradise Ridge Senior Center, 877 Nunneley Road, 877-1733

Paradise Host Lions Club 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6:45 PM

Cozy Diner, 6371 Skyway

Veterans Group Meeting (VFW, Legion, DAV) Every Tuesday, 7 to 8 PM

Paradise Veterans Memorial Hall, 6550 Skyway Wes Cochran, VFW Commander 680-6430

Line Dancing Classes

Every Tuesday morning, February 20, 10 to 11 AM

Paradise Elks Lodge, 1100 Elk Lane Classes with Sylvia. FREE and open to the public. 872-4563.

Tai Chi with Pyramid Michael Every Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 to 7 PM

Norton Buffalo Hall, 5704 Chapel Drive, 588-0522

Paradise Town Council Meeting Second Tuesday of every month, 6 to 10 PM

Town Hall, 5555 Skyway Dina Volenski, Town Clerk, 872-6291 x102

Open Mikefull

Wednesdays, 7 to 10 PM

Norton Buffalo Hall, 5704 Chapel Drive, 877-4995

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group 2nd Wednesday of the month. 10 AM to noon

Apple Tree Village, 1400 Kilcrease Circle Kindra, 895-9661

Theatre on the Ridge presents Every Brilliant Thing

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, March 1, thru March 10, 7:30 to 10 PM Sunday matinees: March 4, 11, 2:00 PM

Theatre on the Ridge, 3735 Neal Road Comedy. A young boy attempts to ease his mother’s depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world – everything worth living for.

Tai Chi at Feather Canyon Every Thursday, 9 AM

Feather Canyon Retirement Community, 5900 Canyon View Drive

Paradise Rotary Every Thursday Noon for lunch

Paradise Lutheran Church, 780 Luther Drive

Breakfast at De Sabla Guild

Every 2nd Saturday, 8 to 11 AM

15247 Skyway, Magalia facebook,DeSablaGuild.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Alternate Saturdays, 10 AM to 3 PM, except holiday weekends and 5th Saturdays

Paradise Library, 5922 Clark Road

Dinner at the DeSabla Guild

Every 4th Saturday, 5 to 8 PM

15247 Skyway, Magalia, http:// facebook,DeSablaGuild


in your community. FREE. 227-6344 or Krista, 680-6651.


Friday, March 2, 8 to 10 AM

Thursday, February 22, 6 to 7:30 PM

Paradise ROCKS! 5660 Skyway, The Dogwood Square We are betting on Paradise and investing in its future. We’re doubling down and doubling our space, moving to a larger space in the same shopping center and we want to show off our new digs.

Paradise Adventist Church, 5720 Academy Drive Reservations required, 876-7154 or

Paradise Host Lions Huge Sale

Friday, Feb. 23 - Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 AM to 4 PM

Veterans Memorial Hall, Skyway at Elliott Road, Cash Only. Barbara, 877-6842 or Betty, 327-7315

Manzanita Place, Elks Lodge 1705 Manzanita Ave. Chico Tickets: $100, advance sales only. No tickets at door. This event sells out every year! Tickets online: eventbrite. com/chicocioppinofeed 345-0840

Norton Buffalo Hall, 5704 Chapel Drive Collectibles to clothing, kitchen items, electronics and more. Drop

Atria Paradise, 1007 Buschmann Road

New Outlook - Low Vision Support Group Every 3 Monday, 1:30-3:00 rd

Irish Luncheon and St. Paddy’s Day Pub & Party Friday, February 16, 12:00-2:00

Champagne Brunch Fundraiser for SHOR Sunday, February 18, 11:30-1:00

Donation of $12.00 pp will be collected for the SHOR Homeless Shelter in Paradise.

Olympic Themed Happy Hour

Thursday, February 22, 3:30-4:30

Saturday, March 3, 9 AM to 3 PM

Blue Zone Project Presentation

Cherry Pie Social

Friday, February 23, 2:30-3:30

Saturday, March 3, Noon to 3 PM

Paradise ROCKS! 5660 Skyway Suite, The Dogwood Square Marketplace Raise money for Youth on the Ridge. Come out, pick a GEODE, discover the beauty inside! #paradiserocks530

Grand Hall, Paradise Elks Lodge, 1100 Elk Lane Greek buffet dinner. No host bar. Bouzouki band featuring Michael Kutulas & George Psarras. Belly dancing by Yasmine, Greek dancing by Taverna Tartes,

Monday, February 26, 4:00-5:00

Favorite Songs Karaoke Party

Thursday, March 1, 3:30-5:00

Networking Mixer Thursday, March 8, 5:30-7:00

Champagne Brunch Fundraiser for Achieve Charter School


Chamber - Rotary Mixer and Bowling Challenge

Thursday, March 22, 5:30-7:30

Tall Pines Entertainment Center, 5445 Clark Road Networking and bowling at Tall Pines! All welcome; join Team Chamber or Team Rotary.


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Spring Fling Happy Hour


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Atria Paradise’s Drama Club Performance

Good Friday Service

Monday, March 19, 6:00 PM

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RSVP the number of guests to Shell 872-3344.

Every 2nd Thursday, 10:00-11:30

GEODE Day! Fundraiser for Youth on the Ridge

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Saturday, February 24, 7 to 11 PM

Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 379 East Park Ave, Chico Just A Piece of Paradise, Pre-sale tickets, $20, including $5 off 969 Bille Road first drink, available until midnight. (corner Skyway & Bille) Learn how Quota International 895-3572. bhamer@valleyoakchilof Paradise is changing lives

Passages Caregiver Support Group

Greek dance lessons, open floor dancing. $35 pp. Elks Lodge or charge at 877-3977, no later than March 2.

Saturday, March 10, 7:00-11:55

Quota’s Annual Yard Sale

Friday, February 23, 11:30-1:30

off your gently used donations Friday, March 2, after 9:00 am at Norton Buffalo Hall (formerly Paradise Grange) Carol, 521-4027.

Greek Taverna Night Dinner

Chico Cioppino Feed: “Every Dish Fulfills a Wish”

Champagne and Valley Oak Children’s Chocolates Services Benefit Concert Thursday, with Decades February 15, 5:30 to 7 PM

MARCH One Year Anniversary Coffee Mixer!

Dinner with the Doctor the Men’s Health Toolbox



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