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Unleash The Beard



Apple-Spiced November

05 TURKEY TROTS Trotting to the feast

06 HOW TO DEAL No-Shave November




13 Boutique Shopping

TALENT/ 09 IRON & INK APPAREL Business Profile

07 COVER STORY Stephan Hogan

Model: Stephan Hogan Photo by: Lauren Jenkins


by Mica Moreno

I recall the first time I decided to grow facial hair and was met with disappointing results. My aim was to look older and somewhat more mature. Unfortunately, the amount of time that was required for the beard to “fill in” was a bit longer than I had patience for. The other contributing factor to my insecurity of sporting some chin fuzz was how different I would look compared to most men my age. I would certainly stand out and I would definitely need to defend my choice to abandon my clean-cut look to people such as my father. Today, as I write this column, I sit in the middle of a Northern California music festival where the median age is under 23 and the percentage of clean cut and shaven males are well in the minority. Being in this concentration of indie bands and flocks of their dedicated followers, I see many forms of repetition. Beards are definitely a standard here and a trend that I believe is far more reaching than this little part of the world. I am finding it difficult to distinguish between those who could step down to the local pub or those who are planning their last semester of High school. It all is a bit confusing.



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Mica Moreno


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I imagine that most of these men who wear beards feel one step closer to achieving a sense of male maturity. It is a strong masculine statement regardless of the condition of the man’s character that lies beneath. Today, there is a larger willingness in men to express themselves with a wider spectrum of normalcy than a generation ago. Now, there is ample opportunity for men to say a great deal about themselves through the means of facial hair. There are many reasons men grow beards. Sometimes it is out of busyness or lack of attention, which usually shows in the overall appearance of the individual. Another reason is that beards serve as pure expression of a persona that men wish to embody. Often, I am told of friendly competitions amongst other men to grow the longest or thickest beard and thus, these forms of male bonding takes place. Finally, and most importantly, it is about expressing our masculinity and having others appreciate this scruffier side of us. -MM

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by Britt Carlson Photography by William Martin

TURKEY TROTS TROTTING TO THE FEAST What better way to feel good about the 3,000 calorie meal you consume on Thanksgiving Day, than to squeeze in a fun run (or walk)? Well, that’s the idea behind the north state’s many Turkey Trots. Not only is it a great way to work up an appetite, but all of the runs benefit community organizations. It’s a win-win: feel good physically with a 2 to 6 mile jaunt and give back during the holiday season. If you live near the Redding area, you’re probably familiar with the Shasta Regional Medical Center’s Turkey Trot. This is the 25th year of the Thanksgiving day run, and organizers are commemorating the anniversary with special water jugs, bags and sweatshirts for all racers. Marketing Director of Shasta Regional Medical Center, Karen Hoyt says, “It’s a good tradition, and a good way to start Thanksgiving morning so you’re ready for a day of feasting.” Last year, a record number of 800 runners participated in the race. Things kick off at 8:00 a.m. at Lake Redding Park in Redding, first with a fun activity for the young runners. In addition, the Diestelhorst Dash is a quarter-mile sprint for kids eight and under. It will lead kids over the Sacramento River on the historical Diestelhorst Bridge. Then, it’s off to the races for adults. The six mile race begins at 8:30, with the two mile Fun Run following at 8:45. “Whether you do the six or two mile, it’s only an hour commitment,” adds Hoyt. The mascot will also be making an appearance; he of course is a big turkey that will be trotting in the two mile division. Registration packets can be picked up at the Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 24th. The cost is $15 dollars to register. Heading to the Chico area for Thanksgiving? There happens to be a turkey trot there as well. Only this race is called the Run for Food. The name says it all. Sponsored by the Jesus Center, participants are encouraged to bring canned foods to the turkey day run in Chico’s Lower Bidwell Park. Since 2009, the event has grown to 3,300 runners and raised $57,000 for the hungry and homeless. That money helps to support the Sabbath House Shelter for women and children, and provide nearly 100,000 meals served at the Jesus Center. Events Coordinator at Fleet Feet Sports in Chico, Kristina Smith says, “It’s a great atmosphere. It’s the biggest race in Chico and it’s definitely organized around families. Locals get to see people they haven’t for a year, because they’re back in town for the holidays.” The Run for Food is an easy paced 5K run/walk. If running 3.2 miles still sounds like a challenge to you, Fleet Feet offers a 10-week training program called, ‘Couch to 5K’. Smith says, “It’s amazing! On the first day they can barely run for a minute, and at the end they’re running a 5K without stopping.” The 05 11.10/

next session begins in January at the Chico Fleet Feet. The race begins at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine. Registration is easy to access online at or by picking up a registration packet at Fleet Feet Sports in Downtown Chico. Before November 4th, registration for adults is $25, which includes a bib and a timer chip. After November 4th the day of the race, the price increase to $30. If you do decide to register on Thanksgiving Day, just be sure to be there before 8:30 a.m. Even the small mountain town of Quincy is hosting the community-based Quincy Turkey Trot. The event coordinators say everyone is welcome, from babies in strollers to our fourlegged best friends. The start time for this 5K dash is 8:00 a.m. Last year, organizers said they raised enough money to help four Quincy families in need. If you are a competitive person, there are fun prizes and awards for the top runners. The top three runners in the six mile division in Redding will receive a runners’ jersey and a pumpkin pie. The top 20 runners in the two mile division will take home a pie certificate from Marie Calendar’s. But even if you don’t take home first place or a pie, embrace the satisfaction of joining the community in a healthy activity that supports the local area. Shasta Regional Medical Center’s Turkey Trot & Diestelhorst Dash Chico Run for Food Quincy Turkey Trot

by Desireé DeLattre Photography by Ron Putnum Street Photography by Desireé DeLattre


NO SHAVE NOVEMBER H O W TO D E A L It’s that time of year again, ladies. You wake up from a beautiful, deep sleep. You feel the cold winter air against your face contrasted with the toasty cocoon you’ve wrapped yourself in. With your eyes still closed, you roll over on your side to snuggle up against your man, and then—you feel it. That prickly, itchy fluff patch on your man’s cheek. This can only mean one thing. It’s the revenge of the “Novembeard.” Why have the seasons cursed us women with such a thing such as the “Novembeard?” The world may never know. For now, here are some ways you can find comfort in the hairy jungle on your lover’s face. 1. So you can’t grow hair on your face, but there are no rules against boycotting razorblades altogether. It’s cold outside; why not grow out a natural pair o f leggings? Say bye-bye to Venus, and hello to long pants! 2. Men wear their Novembeard around like a badge of honor. It’s almost part of the “man-code” to acknowledge one’s successful achievement of facial hair. So if your one and only has a thick one, just know that he’s probably the coolest out of all his friends—at least for the month. 3. It might “grow” on you! Some girls like a fellow a little rough around the edges. You may find yourself enjoying the extra scruff, so enter November with an open mind. 4. Remember all those times you wished a man paid more attention to your “inner self?” Well, it’s your turn. If you’re single, take time to get to know the man behind the beard. 5. If you like animals, chances are you’ll like beards too. The accumulation of hair is like having your own pet, attached to your lover’s face. Name it, pet it, kiss it! Not only will it drive your man crazy to the point of “putting it down,” but it might just prevent him from ever adopting a beard again. So there you have it. If you have tried all of the above and you are still unsatisfied with the bearded mess, you can always buy him a really nice shaver as an early holiday gift! He won’t be able to resist!

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by Tim Emmons


STEPHAN HOGAN It is hard to find good music. If you’re like me, you’ve tried all sorts of techniques: trying to remember the name of that song you heard last week, typing your favorite artist’s name into iTunes Store and combing through the “Listeners Also Bought” section, and my personal favorite, making extremely specific searches on Google. For your information, “Young indie artist folk northern California chill” doesn’t return much on Google. There are, however, lucky times when a great artist gets dropped right in your lap. Such a fortuitous event occurred when Thread Magazine assigned me a piece about Stephan Hogan, a young musician in the Sacramento area. A native of Placerville, Stephan has been musical all his life but only recently released his debut album, aptly named, “Hello” in December of 2009. In an Indie music scene that is saturated with empty lyrics and foot tappers, it’s nice to hear a voice that is thoughtful and accompanied by an advanced musical foundation. As a musician, Stephan is more than capable with the guitar and his voice, but he also plays bass as well as the piano and is featured playing all of these elements on the album. It’s clear that he is gifted musically and layers his instruments perfectly into pulsing rhythms that feel like they’re leading you somewhere. On top of these rhythms, Stephan pieces together lyrics that stem from something that moves him personally. The music is accessible and because of this, able to carry more weight. As a Christian “by faith and not genre” Stephan

“[...]a voice that is thoughtful and accompanied by an advanced musical foundation.”

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Photography by Lauren Jenkins


“His songs have the feeling of fall with all the hope of spring.” succeeds in writing about universal themes like hope. He says by writing about human struggles in an optimistic way people, “gravitate toward what you have to say.” Combine this with sifting harmonies, and songs like “Deja Vu” will truly lift you places. His songs have the feeling of fall with all the hope of spring. I keep coming back to this notion of movement in Stephan’s music. I can’t put my finger on it, but there is a transient emotion accompanied to “Hello”. It’s like I want to be walking while I listen to it. Perhaps it’s connected to Stephan’s attitude toward music. He is always moving forward musically and searching for things on which he can improve. The thing that impressed me the most about him was his pure pleasure of music. Listening to him talk about his artistic process and his favorite bands gave me the impression that he had been impacted by music and wished to return the favor. As a listener I hope he never loses that and continues to grow as an artist. If you are intrigued by Stephan Hogan’s story or are in the mood for a good walk, I encourage you to discover “Hello”. Subscribe now to Thread Magazine and receive access to our playlist featuring a sample of “Hello”. You can find more of Stephan’s music on iTunes and Napster as well as MySpace and Facebook. Happy walking. Subscribe php?option=com_acymailing&view=user&Itemid=107 iTunes id344239730 Napster Myspace Facebook

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Business Profile/

by Desireé DeLattre

IRON & INK APPAREL Business Profile Take an M1 rifle, a dash of art, some philosophy inspired poems, and a few drops of all natural sweat; wash it all down with a shot of whiskey, and you’ve got the recipe for... a clothing line? Made to reflect his own lifestyle of tattoos, music, and military, Micah Hankins has extended his passion of mind and body training at Alpha Co. Fitness to an authentic clothing line, Iron & Ink. Iron & Ink Apparel was born two years ago after a visit to Las Vegas, Nevada for Olympia weekend. Unimpressed by the clothing designs displayed at the world-famous fitness trade show, Micah was hit with the idea to create his own clothing line that featured his interests. His fingers sprinted across the number pad on his mobile

“Micah, who writes poetry in his spare time, likens body art to a wearable journal.” phone and dialed his partner, David Fuller. “David, I’ve got something big. Iron & Ink… our clothes, our way. Let’s get it done.” Long story short, the men pulled it off. After being featured in an online fitness video sporting their new designs, a celebration was in place to release the clothing for public purchasing. The Iron & Ink Launch party was hosted at Micah’s gym, Alpha Co. Fitness, on October 15, 2010. The whiskey was flowing in sync with the laughter of friends, both new and old. The aroma of fajitas graced the air while party-goers struck a pose in the digital photo booth. Around the corner, Micah sat in a red, velvet chair among trainees from his morning boot camp class. His students and friends listened closely as if they planned to feast on every word that flowed from his mouth. Micah’s friends and coworkers describe him as someone with a lot of depth, strength, and drive in the way that he exercises his mind with the same amount of dedication as he trains his body with. In working for the U.S. Army, Micah has developed an intense desire to make each minute of every day count.  These traits and experiences can be seen in the designs printed on Iron & Ink Apparel. Micah fuels himself with challenge, and treats each day as its own battle. The reward waiting for him at the end of each obstacle is a sense of pride and peace. It’s about building yourself up by building up others, fighting those who keep you from reaching

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Photography by Rafael Kyllonen

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“Made to reflect his own lifestyle of tattoos, music, and military” your goals, and living life as if it is an art form. “Micah’s mantra, ‘One Life,’ keeps him motivated to reach his full potential every day.  “It’s two words, and yet they mean everything. These two words get me out of bed every morning. They keep me focused on my training at Alpha Co. fitness. They make me a better father.” “One Life” is also printed on some of the garments, bringing Iron & Ink closer to Micah’s soul.  Looking at the trainers, partners, and sponsored athletes that support Iron & Ink, you may be intimidated by the array of tattoos that spread like the flu from one body to the next. But Micah, who writes poetry in his spare time, likens body art to a wearable journal. You can find his journey to courage and strength by looking at the Koi fish swimming up his right arm. His mantra, surrounded by an eagle’s wings, soars across his shin. His life has been painted into his skin for the world to see, and he hopes that everyone can share their inward battles by wearing them on the outside through Iron & Ink. Micah’s closing thoughts to share with the world: “This ain’t no Ed Hardy B.S.”

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by Jenn Cartier


The minute the clock strikes October, I fall slightly off my rocker. I pine for changing leaves, cool nights, and rainy days the way people with deeper tans and better abs yearn for bikinis and beaches. Fall just fits me better. By the time November curls around us, I’m basically in a daze (my heart doesn’t totally jump out of my chest until Christmas). This month is all about the anticipation of food, family, and friends. It’s the same every year. Everyone talks about thankfulness, generosity, and food. I’m no different. For those of you who can actually manage to avoid a pumpkin spice latte in the autumn months, I’ll fill you in on a little secret that even Starbucks knows: truly, there is comfort in rituals.

heart. If you have cause to bawl your eyes out, do it with all your heart. Certainly, if you have cause to share food around a table, don’t come empty handed. Below, you’ll find a recipe for an apple strudel that will have your friends feeling extra thankful when you share it this Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Sometimes it seems that just when we find a ritual to be comforted by, we experience change - sometimes wonderful, other times, not so wonderful. Last Christmas was the first Christmas my kids spent with their dad. As a new Chicoan, a new divorcee, and a waitress with a boss crazy enough to be open on Christmas, I spent my favorite holiday not only working, but coming home to an empty house. My Christmas dinner consisted of an AM/PM hot dog, a pack of American Spirits, and an Odwalla Superfood (for balance). I finished off my meal with a whole package of peanut brittle left by a friend before she traveled to visit her family for the holidays. She also left me a slew of girlie films. That night, I cried myself to sleep watching Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. This year, the kids are with me. I no longer work a job that requires my presence on Christmas. And the past year has brought many wonderful people my way. If I can’t travel to visit my family, and even if the kids are with their dad, I’m sure I’ll not be alone again next Christmas - or heading anywhere near the convenience store. Whether your life currently has you far from home, alone on a holiday for the first time, with friends, or together with family in that good ol’ fashioned kind of way, embrace this November. It’s the thick of the holiday season, and it only comes around once a year. If you have cause to celebrate, then do it with all your 11 11.10/

“This month is all about the anticipation of food, family, and friends.”

Photography by Ron Putnam

“My Christmas dinner consisted of an AM/PM hot dog, a pack of American Spirits, and an Odwalla Superfood (for balance).” Apple & Date Strudel Ingredients: 1 package phyllo dough, defrosted (sometimes spelled filo, or fillo) 1/2 cup dried dates, chopped 1/4 cup Malibu Rum 1/3 cup cashew pieces 3 apples (about 1 pound) I like to use one granny smith and two fuji apples. 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/2 stick butter, melted

down on the greased cookie sheet, and brush the entire surface of the dough with melted butter. Lay another sheet of phyllo on top of the first sheet, and again, brush the melted butter over the entire surface. Repeat this process until you have eight layers of buttered dough. Then, beginning with one of the short sides of the dough rectangle facing toward you, cover the third of the phyllo dough that is nearest to you with the apple and date mixture, leaving a 2 inch border around the edges (It’s a little like preparing to make a giant burrito). Next, fold the 2 inch border up along the bottom, and tuck the side edges over the filling in order to keep it in place when you roll the strudel. Once the edges are tucked, carefully roll the strudel over twice, in jelly-roll fashion. Place the strudel seam-side down in the center of the pan. Bake your strudel at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes, or until the phyllo dough is golden brown. Allow it to cool slightly to make slicing easier, but do serve it warm, if you can. This strudel is delicious topped with ice cream, whipped cream, or a glaze made by whisking together 2 tablespoons orange juice and 2 cups of confectioners sugar. Sprinkle with extra cashews. Dig in!

Non-stick cooking spray Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Heat the Malibu Rum and chopped dates together in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly, and continue cooking until the rum begins to thicken into a syrupy consistency. Remove from heat, and set aside. Meanwhile, quarter the apples, remove the seeds, and then thinly slice each apple. Combine the sliced apples, the date mixture, and the cashews in a mixing bowl. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix until the apples are evenly coated and the dates are well distributed. Set the mixture aside. Next, melt the butter in a microwave safe dish by heating it in the microwave for 15 second intervals until completely melted. Unroll the phyllo dough, keeping the dough covered with a towel or piece of waxed paper. Note: Phyllo is an extremely thin and delicate dough that dries out very quickly. It’s important to keep it covered whenever it’s not in use. Prepare a rimmed cookie sheet by covering it with the non-stick spray. Carefully lay the first sheet of phyllo 12 11.10/


by Marcy Kiser Photography by William Martin

BOUTIQUE SHOPPING It seems that every year, Christmas arrives sooner, stores fill their shelves with decorations and gifts that remind you the buying season is approaching, and although it may only be Easter, the pressure’s on to begin checking off the Christmas wish list! This year, enjoy the season (and the shopping) during one of Chico’s most beloved traditions, Christmas Preview. Sunday, November 21st from 4 to 8PM, stroll the streets filled with cheer, sip some champagne, and enjoy window shopping for ballerinas, sugar plums, trinkets, and fall fashions! Shopping to please a bearded fella? Check out Trucker for clothes, shoes, and accessories. If you’re looking for something feminine, you will find the other half of the store just as enjoyable! Ruby’s Boutique offers designer styles and friendly service. Want more? Visit the other Ruby’s in Oroville and its sisterstore across the street, Red Fly. Rather not do your laundry? Spend your quarters on designer styles at Urban Laundry, Chico’s newest addition on Main Street. Sorella, appropriately translated “sisters” in Italian, is owned by a fashionable pair and always has a great selection of cute clothes and sparkling accessories for you and your bests. Prefer to repurpose already fabulous fashions? Cross the plaza toward The Senator Theater to Three Sixty Ecotique for vintage and thrifty finds, plus one-of-a-kind styles by the Parasol Project. Find home decorations and tiny treasures at Savannah James on Broadway, The Address and M Creations on Main

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Street. Then stroll over to Grace Jr. on 5th Street for unique gifts and a room that celebrates Christmas all year! Prefer to stay cozy at home and shop online? Find flirty fashions and even Harley Davidson tanks with lace at pb&jboutiques. com. Buy and ship tees for everyone including the little ones on your list at Looking for LuLu’s? Even more of their amazing merchandise is now available exclusively online at If you can’t wait for Christmas, then don’t! San Francisco kicks off the season a week sooner at Embarcadero Center with a winter festival, a fresh sleet of ice on the rink, and the illumination of 17,000 lights. Spend the day on Chestnut, a cozy part of the big city just a few miles away. Find clothes and sparkling additions nestled in a hip neighborhood near the Marina. At 2146, you’ll find Dylan and a few doors away at 2176, Heritage Row; both petite boutiques with fabulous finds and indie designs. On the next block, you’ll discover affordable fashions in Denovo at 2230 and Jack’s (at 2260) on Chestnut for more guys’ finds. For more information about the celebration and hours of Embarcadero Ice Rink and festivities, visit

Photography by William Martin


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