Upgraded Living - July 2021

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Avie's Place Editor’s note: It has often been said “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Roughly, it means that the primary driving force for most new inventions is a need. And what more important person to solve the need with creative efforts to meet the need or solve the problem then a mother! We would like to introduce one such mother, Nicole Wallace from Oroville. Here, in her words, is not only the need but also the help needed to ensure the solution.

grueling three-year battle with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). Her strength inspired our family and entire community to build Avie’s Place. Throughout her illness and treatment, she experienced physical limitations that prevented her from playing with her siblings and participating in family activities she had once enjoyed. These constraints became a challenge for us as we tried to create fun family memories in the midst of this difficult season.

To the North Valley Community,

We quickly discovered there were not any parks in the 22-county region north of Sacramento that had been purposebuilt for use by children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This represents 42,000 square miles and 1.7 million people, including Avie. Due to her illness and resulting limitations, Avie was no longer able to play in a park or on a playground with her 2 sisters.

I want to bring your attention to a project that is very dear to my heart! My husband and I are creating/designing/ building an ALL-inclusive playground experience that will provide recreational and active-living opportunities available to every child in our region, including those with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The park and playground will be called Avie’s Place and will be a playground where all children can play together regardless of ability, limitations, or sickness. Avie's Place is being built in memory of our 7 year old daughter Avalynn, “Avie” Wallace. Avie was called to heaven in October 2019, at the age of seven, following a 54

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To honor Avie’s legacy, we are committed to solving this problem by building a park and playground accessible to everyone. Our team believes every child deserves to experience the thrill of a slide, the joy of swinging, and playing with family and friends. Our family selected Melton Design Group as the architectural firm and Miracle Play Systems to spearhead

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Writing is thinking and thinking is writing in this month's Backpage

pages 63-64

Be inspired by Kevin Heywood and how he’s engineering his future

pages 58-62

On the scene with Chico detective

pages 56-57

The time is now: building Avie’s Place, the ADA dreamland coming to Oroville

pages 54-55

The unthinkable, unimaginable, and unprecedented obstacles overcome in the journey to build the future automall that is Courtesy Auto Center

pages 43-45

Get surprised by the busy quaintness that is the Rusty Wagon in Orland

pages 40-42

Back in the saddle with Brad Johnson

pages 46-53

Lupe Sanchez talks achieving dreams and small town hospitality

pages 38-39

The anecdote of the Miner’s Inch as

pages 36-37

Home for Christmas - the time

pages 28-33

New Again modernizes the old-but not-dead-yet

pages 34-35

The village people: How Love Builds conquers all

pages 26-27

Cool down with Tres Hombres' new

pages 18-19

Striking gold in your garden, nothing is cooler than mint

page 22

Rockin’ in the Garage Majal: Cana Road Band and the caged bird

pages 24-25

Yes, Chef! Up close and personal with Chef John Dean

pages 12-13

Decadence, escape, and the opportunity to indulge

pages 14-15

Ryan Stefanelli—The Taco Tracker Exploring the great taco trucks of town

pages 20-21

Janet Turner and the museum in the

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Our first food face-off is poultry in motion. Agree or disagree with our chicken sandwich showdown

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