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May 12, 2013


by Staff & Contributors

Upgraded Living is blessed to have an amazing staff alongside a wealth of great contributors every month. Though we each possess our own unique and natural talents, there isn’t one amongst us who wouldn’t credit their mother in helping them get where they are today. There simply isn’t enough time or an adequate number of pages to call out every mother out there who has played a role in shaping our lives, but we hope you’ll join us in saluting those that we could: our very own.


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Briana Lindstrom

Jason Corona

What’s there to say that I didn’t already say in my publisher’s note? A guy couldn’t possibly ask for a better, kinder, more generous, or more loving mother than the one I’ve been blessed with. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I love you!

For three sisters, through every crazy stage in our lives, you have been there teaching us unconditional love, integrity and truth. You put just the right amount of butter in our cream of wheat, laugh at our offensive senses of humor and when we cry, you’re always there to rock us baaack and forth, baaack and forth. “A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held him, she sang: I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” I love you Nesbitt!

The world’s best mom? The woman who kisses our kids every night, listens to their incoherent babble, fixes their boo boos and teaches them to be amazing. Thank you Amanda.

Michelle Camy I would like to wish my mom Kathy a happy Mother’s Day. I appreciate that she tirelessly takes care of our family. I am also grateful for the special attention that she gives the wonderful pets we have brought home over the years, in sickness and in health.

Paige Cloke My mother was a strongwilled and determined woman. She put me first above everything. My mother helped me through life and molded me into the woman I am today. Little did I know she was my best friend, and I love and miss her very much.


Alyssa Worley My mom is the feeling of that favorite pair of jeans. She is the smell of makeup brushes; powder mixed slightly with amber. She is always behind me, be it buttoning that unreachable last button, braiding my hair, or moving me forward onto bigger and better things. Thanks for everything mom, you’re all I could ever ask for.

Darren Michels Thank you Mother for your growing love and support. You are the most generous person I know. I love you!

Nicole Davis Happy Mother’s Day to the woman who believes in the person I am today and the person that I will become tomorrow. I love you Mom!

Jaime O’Neill I remember my mother hanging clothes on the line. deep in the Illinois winters. Each shirt would freeze stiff even as she shook out the next one to be hung. When she came back to the kitchen to make lunch, her hands blazed red as paint.

Daren Satow My mother’s loving care, support, and guidance has brought me comfort, happiness, and made me the man I’m proud to say that I am today. For that among many other reasons is why I’m so thankful for my mom. Love you Mama!

Alexa Benson-Valavanis Long before I learned about God, I understood unconditional love because of my mother.

Shuree Wesley Seeing my children smile is the best gift I have been given. As a mother of five, I am truly a blessed woman. Happy Mother’s Day everyone.

Paula Barros Eileen Barros, A natural goddess, fully present and awake. Her tenderness even in chaos was palpable and silent. She became a friend and companion to each of us 6 kids. You are a gift from the eternal flame. I miss you.

Deanna McCoy My mom is the best friend I could have because she is always there for me no matter what. She is the most giving and caring person I’ve ever known.

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Scott Amick

Every Monday morning I receive an email from my mom (who lives 3,000 miles away) containing an off the wall joke, a positive thought about working hard and a memory verse that focuses on loving others. It helps to start my week on a positive note and always makes me smile. She is one of the most faithful, caring and thoughtful women I have ever met. All daughters should be blessed with a mother like mine.

Though Momma Amick had 5 children of her own, countless children can thank her for her warm hugs and safe household. Many would call the sleepy Lodi house a home away from home and Momma Amick their second Mother. My mother’s kind blue eyes remind me that unconditional love truly exists, and for that I am forever thankful

Nicole Plottel Dr. Michelle Anderson Time. Connecting. Being present. My mom exemplifies those characteristics. She taught me that being present was more important than sending presents. Connecting means in-person as often as possible, no matter how far away I live. And to use my time wisely, spend it only in ways that will grow and enhance my life. Thanks for the inspiration, Mom. I love you.

Becoming a mother myself has given me a deeper admiration and appreciation for my mom. I strive to embody her generosity, patience, and selflessness as a mother. I am so grateful for the positive, loving influence she has over me and my son. How lucky we are to have her in our daily lives…I couldn’t do it without her!

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Kimberlee Klein I’m so very thankful for my mother, she has taught me to go after my dreams, be a good person and always stay true to myself.

I would need an entire book to describe how much of a positive impact my mother has made in my life. I am blessed to be the woman and mother I am today because of her. I will always cherish her in my heart.

OUR MOTHERS, OUR PRECIOUS MOTHERS by Alexa BensonValavanis Barefooted hours against God’s earth unforgiving sands and stones calloused feet and hands to fetch clean water; a chance for her children to survive a five-hour journey slashing through the heart of a fierce mountain-side seeking firewood; for warmth to fight off the angel of death too close to her children’s souls our mothers our precious mothers this planet’s mothers protect us with strength and sacrifice a train ride at dusk through the dark beating city two jobs; such little sleep to bring enough food home to fill her children’s stomachs and hearts with love her evening prayer every morning too that life may be gentle and kind suffering a stranger happiness and God always near our mothers our precious mothers this planet’s mothers nurture us with courage and grace. With a love as constant and mighty as the sun. For Debbie Blue and Zinita Benson 11


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12 OUR MOTHERS, OUR PRECIOUS MOTHERS A poem for moms everywhere.

22 MAY DIY Paradise Scrapbook Boutique teaches us how to create a beautiful door album.

34 RECIPES Two wonderful spring table recipes that will keep a smile on your face throughout the season.

UP AND COMER Robin Bacior’s soulful voice takes her to new heights.


LOCAL LEGEND A life in review with the North State’s definitive expert on eggs, Chris Copley.


78 GETAWAY We travel eastbound on Interstate-80 to visit the “Biggest Little City in the World.”



26 DOME, SWEET DOME Debbie Chamberlin’s Geodesic Dome home sets the stage for this month’s kitchen makeover. 28 BACKYARD GRAD PARTY Bring the party home with great tips to treat that special graduate. 30 REAL ESTATE Tour a number of Butte County’s most sought after properties currently for sale.

38 MARY’S GONE CRACKERS Local gluten-free baker extraordinaire takes homegrown business international. 39 WINE TOUR Visit local wineries on two separate trails throughout Butte, Sutter, and Yuba counties. BEST OF BRUNCH Discover the very best in brunch throughout Butte County.







72 CHIVAA ART MAP The Art About joins forces with Fiesta at the Matador.

16 BUTTE HUMANE GALA Our furry friends get a helping hand through the efforts of one of our favorite organizations.

33 LYON BOOKS Downtown Chico’s Lyon Books provides a must read for May.

PARADISE CHOCOLATE FEST 24 Chocolate takes center stage at one of Paradise’s most awaited events.

44 RUN FOR RECOVERY Local nursing students raise money to help an injured alumnus.

74 ARTIST PROFILES Our featured artists and art events for the month of May.






GOLD NUGGET DAYS Memories of a bygone era are brought back to life in Oroville.


77 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Our recommendations for must visit events throughout the month of May.

49 MOTHER’S DAY Upgraded Living and local children pay homage to those wonderful women who made all of this possible. 62 SUMMER FASHION Butte County’s fashionistas unite for a best-of-the-best in upcoming summer fashion.


The 102nd Annual Butte Humane Society Gala Photography by Frank Rebelo Once a year, the good folks at the Butte Humane Society (BHS) come together to put on a fundraising show like no other, and this year was no exception. The 102nd annual Butte Humane Society Gala was held at Sierra Nevada’s Big Room and attracted the North Valley’s best and brightest, all in the name of raising money to help support our favorite four-legged friends. From the mouthwatering items set upon attendees’ plates, to the lust-worthy items up for auction, it was clear that BHS was looking to raise some serious funding for their cause. One of our favorite bands and cover of our December issue, Decades, belted out song after perfect song as visitors reveled in the experience. The fundraiser was, without a doubt, a complete success and we would like to thank the folks at BHS for putting it on. Their tireless work helps ensure that smiles are kept on some of the cutest faces around the northstate. (top to bottom) coffee talk with Emmett Skinner 16




LOCAL LEGEND: Chris Copley By Aveed Khaki | Photography by Michelle Camy

A conversation with Chris Copley is like an autobiographical narration by The Great Gatsby himself. Full of unexpected twists and turns, the story of Copley’s life leaves one wanting to hear increasingly more as each era is passed through, moving onto the next chapter only to find that a completely different story awaits. Unlike most of our lives that tend to follow a relatively straight path chapter-after-chapter, Copley’s is one of those sought after stories that define a generation; built to complete a series, each book is ripe with its own tale and life lesson. With a life that has provided so much intrigue, it is disheartening to know that the final chapter is currently being written.



Born in Yorkshire, England, Chris was raised in what many regard as “God’s own country.” Vast swaths of unspoiled countryside remain as reminders of what the country was like hundreds, even thousands, of years prior. It was here that Chris had his first experiences with farming, though after the paths his life took, it’s doubtful that he foresaw himself back at it in the end. When Chris came of age, he took up arms and dutifully joined Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, eventually earning a position as a commando in the Royal Marines. The position landed him in the Middle East where after a short while he found himself in the midst of a coup that rocked the region. His commanding allied officer, an American colonel, ordered the men to do whatever they could to get over the border and into Saudi Arabia where they could be extracted safely. Chris, along with eighteen fellow soldiers, planned their escape, stole the requisite number of cars and dashed for the border, eventually finding their way into Saudi Arabia. Chris decided to join the allied soldiers in returning to the United States. He arrived in New York and walked through customs dressed in shorts, a tattered shirt and one tennis shoe. In New York, he and his friends made a pact to travel to California together. They combined the little money they had and bought a number of old vehicles to assist in the process. As the vehicles weren’t overly reliable, they found themselves stopping often, and without the money to repair them took to working various odd jobs to fix the cars and continue their journey. The trip took them south through Florida, north through Minnesota, and just about everywhere in between. During the trip, friends left off one-by-one in different cities, finding the women whom they would marry or the jobs that fit their interests. When Chris finally arrived in California, there were only two other friends standing next to him of the original eighteen, with two years having passed since they landed in New York. Chris eventually moved to San Francisco, and in 1975 was approached on the street and offered a job by ZZZZ Best, a carpet cleaning company started by a young entrepreneur named Barry Minkow. In need of work, and with no prior experience in carpet cleaning, Chris took the job with hopes of learning the industry and making

enough to get by. They outfitted him with a carpet cleaning machine and set him loose on the city. One moment they were there, and the next the company had disappeared. The company was later found to be one of the largest Ponzi schemes ever perpetrated in the United States. Armed with the knowledge he had earned while cleaning carpets, Chris set out to start his own company. Having seen the need for damage restoration and cleanup during his time cleaning carpets, Chris founded Floods, Floods, Floods in 1975, a full-service water and fire damage company. Under his guidance and with no shortage of tireless work, the company grew exponentially. In 1989 after the massive earthquake that hit San Francisco, Chris’ company

was awarded the job of restoring City Hall alongside a number of the major hotels that had been destroyed. In just fourteen years, what started with one van and one employee, had grown into a multi-million dollar company with over one hundred employees. By 1991 it was the largest water and fire damage company in California, when Chris eventually decided to sell it. He set out to find his next adventure, and on a drive up Interstate-5 happened to stop into Marco’s Pizza in Corning. He still recalls that it was the first time in twenty years that he heard a kid say, “please” and “thank you.” The gracious attitude of the children in the restaurant stuck with him as he left. He decided to drive around a bit and found a gorgeous farm for sale; it 19

was also the only one in the city on city sewer. He inquired about the price and couldn’t believe the value in comparison to his properties in the Bay Area. He bought the property along with the four largest business buildings in Corning. A fan of eggs and women, Chris hatched a plan to build the largest chicken farm in the world from scratch. He surmised that not only would he attain fame from his monstrous chicken farm, but that women from far-and-wide would also marvel at his creation. Little did he know at the time, that few women care for chicken farming as a lifestyle choice. Ignorant to the life of a chicken farmer, he trudged on, building an ever-expansive chicken farm. Hell-bent on building his chicken Shangri La, he finally settled for the second largest free-range chicken farm in California. With over fifty thousand chickens, the farm took over as his passion. He gradually lost interest in the fame and the mythical chicken women, and settled instead for a life with great danes and more chickens than anyone could (or intelligently should) imagine. As the chicken farm went into full production, he pushed his eggs into natural food markets both local and throughout northern California, with a reach as far south as San Francisco. He regularly sold to S&S, Chico Natural Foods, and attended every farmer’s market possible. His experiences with the interaction between his farm and the public began to hint that something was wrong though, the outside world was understanding less and less about where their food came from. He invited schools to participate in field trips at the farm and was appalled at how little children had been taught about where their food came from. The majority of children that visited his farm couldn’t trace their food any further than their local Safeway. It became his mission to educate the world around him and so he began to downsize the farm to allow more time for education. What once started at fifty thousand chickens, later decreased to a more manageable three thousand. Chris worked on educating the general public, and his chickens continued to educate him. While most people simply found chicken to be a great meal, he began to realize their inherent intelligence. Though 20


his adoration for his farm friends had existed all along, he became increasingly aware of their needs and adjusted his farming accordingly. Chickens start producing fewer eggs after fourteen months, and in most farming environments, these slower producing chickens will simply be sold off to large soup companies. Chris vowed to do something different, instead electing that after fourteen months he would simply retire his chickens and release them from their coops to live out the remainder of their lives naturally. He built a rooster sanctuary to take in roosters that had been injured in cock fights and stabilized the farm at 2,400 dozen eggs per week, providing enough eggs to operate his market business as well as feed those relying on the Salvation Army, Butte Humane Society and Boys & Girls Clubs for assistance. The goal of raising the largest chicken farm in the world may not have been a success, but Chris had certainly succeeded in creating one of the best. To begin the final chapter of Chris’ story, he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer resulting from his exposure to uranium while in the military. Having already survived most of his fellow soldiers, he counts himself lucky for having had a life well lived. It was his final wish for us to have the following egg facts to the right published in Upgraded Living, and for a man with a story of service as impressive as his, we could not help but oblige. He regards small poultry farming as quickly becoming a thing of the past and encourages each and every one of us to support our local farmers markets and to drive to and see the farms that we buy our food from. He reiterates that we are what we eat and that we should know what we are eating before we commit to having it become a part of our bodies. Our only regret is that we did not get to meet him sooner and we hope that wherever he goes from here, he takes his same vim and love for life with him. For a life well lived and in the service of others, we are proud to regard Chris Copley as a local legend.

EGG FACTS It takes nineteen days for an egg to hatch, and the mother hen knows the dangers of caring for baby chicks at staggered intervals, so she ensures a “clutch” (twelve eggs) lie underneath her before she begins to incubate them. This waiting period ensures that the greatest number of chicks have the possibility of surviving the dangers that exist outside the nest. It also allows the mother hen to provide for the entire group at one age group throughout the reading process. Eggs will last, on average, three weeks outside of a refrigerator. Chris recommends not to refrigerate your eggs, but rather to consume them unrefrigerated and farm fresh, and has had a number of messy battles with the USDA over this recommendation. He states that eggs are best kept in a bowl on the counter until ready for use and cleaned off directly before using it. Cleaning an egg extensively removes the natural lining causing the egg to become porous and potentially releasing bacteria into the inner egg over time. To test whether or not an egg is ok for consumption, simply put it in a glass full of water. If the egg floats, it’s good for breakfast. If it sits halfway in the glass, it will make a great treat for your dogs. If the egg sinks to the bottom of the glass, it has spoiled and it’s time to throw it out. There is more debate about eggs these days than ever before. Hop online and do your research. Visit egg farms before deciding where you’ll buy your eggs.

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For those of us unabashed chocoholics out there, nothing is more musical to our ears than the sound of a “Chocolate Festival.” That is, of course, until it’s followed by the mention that proceeds raised are donated to various worthy causes. Founded by Pam and Bill Hartley, owners of Joy Lyn’s Candies in Paradise, the festival seeks to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Paradise Ridge amongst a number of other notable non-profit organizations. Filled with fun events, activities, and more chocolate than you’ve seen in your wildest dreams, the festival is a surefire hit for young and old alike. Visit Terry Ashe Park on May 11th in Paradise between 9am and 4pm to take part in the festivities.




Dome, Sweet Dome. By Aveed Khaki | Photography by Frank Rebelo Originally from Los Molinos, Debbie Chamberlin moved to her new home in Durham in 1998. A social service aid for Butte County Children’s Services, the move allowed her to live in closer proximity to her work in Chico, while still providing for the smaller town feel she had grown accustomed to. Built in 1979, the house is one of the few geodesic domed residences in our area. Architecturally designed for 26


energy efficiency, the home’s dome shape was perfectly suited to guarantee warmer winters and cooler summers without the increased cost of conventional heating and cooling. All was well with the home, except for one thing: the dated kitchen. Reminiscent of most homes from the late seventies and early eighties, the kitchen was tight and stagnant. Formica countertops lined the old cabinetry, while linoleum floors had begun to slightly peel

away at the edges. An apartment-sized dishwasher hinted to the potential time savings of full-size appliances while a tiny oven refused to take part in preparing Thanksgiving dinner. A peek-through window provided a framed-in shot of the living room from the kitchen but ultimately hindered any communication between the two spaces. It was time for an upgrade. Debbie called upon New Again Kitchen & Bath to bring modernity back into her kitchen. Ric, the company’s

lead designer, laid out a plan to do just that. The remodel sought to play on the pre-existing exterior geometric nuances of the home, carrying the look into the kitchen itself. They did away with the peek-through window and framed in a large arched opening, providing an unobstructed view of the living room’s entertainment area. With opened lines of communication, family was again interested in spending time within the kitchen’s walls, but with this newfound interest, came

the need for a more functional space. They tore out the older cabinetry and replaced it with custom-built hickory cabinets by Debbie’s son, Justin. Proper space was planned for a full-size dishwasher and oven, while granite countertops and tile flooring replaced their outdated predecessors. The granite was carried over into a standard four-inch backsplash that adorned the walls while a practically seamless granite bar counter connected to the kitchen set below it. Finally, a new sink, faucet, and plumbing

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With eight fantastic wineries to choose from, the Chico leg of the Northern Valley Wine Tour is best experienced by splitting the tour into at least two separate days. It is recommended to call your selected wineries prior to the date of your trip to ensure that they will be open. As most of the wineries listed here are boutque in nature, hours of operation may vary. As with all good things, there’s always an element of uncertainty.

1. La Rocca Vineyards

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Hidden behind a dense, jungle-like pass in Forest Ranch lays the beautiful LaRocca Vineyard. Founded in 1984 by Phil La Rocca, this northern California secret is not such a secret anymore with it’s new tasting room in downtown Chico. LaRocca wines are 100% organic and sulfite-free, meaning you can enjoy more without the subsequent headache. LaRocca Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting Room 222 W. 2nd Street Downtown Chico Open Weds – Fridays 1:30-8pm Saturdays 12 noon – 8pm Sundays 1:30-6pm (530) 899-9463

The Cistercian “Trappist” monks of the New Clairvaux monastery combine forces with a fifth generation California winemaker to create beautiful wines rooted in tradition. With winemaking and grape growing techniques brought to California soil from medieval Europe, New Clairvaux offers a unique wine experience. 26240 7th Street Vina, CA (530) 839-2161

HoneyRun’s unique wines are made with honey and berries, deliciously crafted with no added sulfites or preservatives. Perfect for picnics, parties and gifts, this family-owned winery is a local gem with wines available at stores all across the US. 2309 Park Ave. Chico, CA 95928 (530) 345-6405

2. Roney Wines

Sourcing grapes from some of the best vineyards in California, Roney Wines produces world class red wines utilizing French and American Oak barrels. Appearing on wine lists at our area’s finest restaurants, Roney Wines is a small family operated winery in high demand. Visit their beautiful vineyard outside of Chico and see where some of your favorite wines come from. 5900 Anita Rd. Chico, CA (530) 518-9333

3. Bertagna Vineyards

With a history of winemaking that begins centuries ago in Italy and came to America through Ellis Island in 1912, the Bertagnas truly have winemaking in their blood. Specializing in traditional and non-traditional Italian wines made from carefully selected organic grapes, their wines can be found in over twenty-seven locations throughout the northern California area. 3363 Hegan Ln. Chico, CA (530) 343-8014 Tasting room open by appointment!



8. Emerald “C” Vineyards 5. Odyssey Vineyards

Known for their award-winning wines, Odyssey Winery is also a second home to artists, running a rotating art exhibit and featuring regional artists both well-known and obscure. The winery tasting room opens for the season on May 4th. An art reception complete with live Jazz is scheduled for May 11th, so mark your calendars! Odyssey Winery and Vineyards 6237 Cohasset Rd. Chico, CA 95973 (530) 891-9463

6. Gale Vineyards

A boutique winery specializing in handmade wines in small quantities, Gale Vineyards is unique in both product and landscape. A jungle-like secret garden surrounds you as you explore the vineyards shaded by bamboo, oak and sycamore. Perfect for weddings or just a tasting visit, Gale Vineyards is Butte County’s only eco-friendly, straw bale winery. 9345 Stanford Ln Durham, CA 95938 (530) 891-1264

Owned and operated by local developer Steve Schuster, Emerald “C” Vineyards was once the stomping grounds of Errol Flynn, the iconic actor who played Robin Hood in the 1938 iteration filmed in Chico. This historic location is now home to some of Chico’s finest wines, offering Syrah, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Primativo, Sauvignon Blanc and Symphony. 3746 Keefer Rd. Chico, CA 95973 (530) 570-6400


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The North Sierra Wine Trail completes the second leg of the Northern Valley Wine Tour. With a total of nine wineries ranging from startup to boutique, and sustainable to estate-styled, there is simply something here for every taste and inclination. To appreciate these wineries in their fullest, plan to spend a night in Oroville, or nearby. Visit the Oregon House and Dobbins wineries one day, and the Bangor and Oroville wineries on the second.

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15. Renaissance Winery

Located in Bangor, the Mediterranean climate combined with the mineral rich soil create an exquisite environment for Hickman Family’s grapes. Producing hand-crafted wines in a conscientious and sustainable process, this family’s passion for wine and the world in which they live is intoxicating!

Gary Quilici has been making wine for over 20 years and his vineyard is his dream come true. Each grape is hand-picked and wine production is carefully monitored. With handcrafted estate wines grown, produced and cellared at this family facility, their wines are made with genuine heart and high quality.

77 Orange Avenue Bangor, CA (530) 679-0679

72 Quail Hill Place Oroville, CA (530) 589-5088

After 30 years of experience, Renaissance has found their specialty: Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. This narrowed focus allows the quality of their wines to grow exponentially as their craft is perfected beyond perfection. The winemaker handcrafts estate-bottled wines in a traditional European style from grapes grown on slopes of a true mountain vineyard.

10. Grant-Eddie Vineyards

13. Long Creek Winery

Any business built around experience, passion and friendship truly has a strong foundation, no wonder Grant Eddie Vineyards has been around for over 35 years! This multiple medal winning winery is a must-visit for anyone interested in intense, elegant, terroir wines. The vineyard speaks volumes for the potential of Yuba County and why this area is quickly becoming a strong competitor in the wine world.

Thirty acres of vineyards in the Sierra Nevada Foothills supply Long Creek Winery with intensely flavored, chemical-free grapes. A creek running through the property along with a spring-fed pond create a natural wonderland, perfect for a special event or a relaxing day of wine tasting.

11. Grey Fox

14. Clos Saron

17. Lucero Vineyards & Winery

Grey Fox Vineyards has a beautiful tasting room and banquet area in Oroville. Founded in 1996, this gourmet winery features a myriad of wines: Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Barbera, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. For a real treat, ask to taste their port wine; the sweet and refreshing nature will bring your taste buds to life and bring about the kind of smile only port can. Master winemakers craft each wine in the old-world tradition and the flavors are proof.

Built on the love of wine, outdoors, artistic challenges and a desire to create something as a family, Clos Saron vineyards focuses on producing the highest quality Pinot Noir using age-old Burgundy traditions. Their vineyard is free of herbicides, insecticides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers so you can enjoy their wines in all their natural beauty.

Set upon family land dating back to 1906, Lucero Vineyards & Winery was once home to a cattle ranch and farming operation. After the owners’ retirement, they decided to plant the vineyard alongside their daughters, UC Davis alumni who took their fair share of viniculture courses during their time in school. The result? An exquisite estate-style vineyard that produces small yields of intensely flavored grapes, and similarly robust wines.

90 Gray Fox Ln. Oroville, CA (530) 589-3920


12587 Rices Crossing Rd. Oregon House, CA (530) 692-2248


233 Ward Blvd Oroville, CA 95966 (530) 589-34153

9269 Collin House Dr Oregon House, CA 95962 (530) 692-1080

16. Bangor Ranch Winery

Handcrafted wines and olive oil intertwine to present a magical experience in the rolling foothills of the northern Sierras. The olive orchard, planted in the early 1900s, was purchased by Gary Paul Fox in 2010 and he set out to turn the locale into a destination for wine and olive oil enthusiasts alike. No doubt, he has succeeded magnificently. 5768 La Porte Road Bangor, California 95914 (510) 658-2056

10654 Texas Hill Rd. Dobbins, CA (530) 692-1141



This is one of those rare pieces that almost write themselves. Or, perhaps I should put it another way. This was a piece already written for me, a portrait in strength of character spelled out by the subject of the story herself, a tale well told in spirit and heart by the woman who lived it. And is still living it, with the rarest kind of courage. If you want to know what I mean, all you need to do is check out the video in which Marcella Wagner talks about her experience surviving a life-changing car accident when she was eight months pregnant, then finding herself a paraplegic mother of the son who so miraculously survived the accident that put her in a wheelchair for life.



Photographs courtesy Marcella Wagner

Driving on Highway 5 near Redding just over a year ago, on her way to her nursing classes at Chico State, Marcella Wagner was involved in a rollover accident that could easily have been fatal, for both Marcella and her unborn son. When the car stopped rolling, her first thought was to get out, but she couldn’t move. Still, in the way that people often do in the face of calamity, she assumed things would be ok. “I’ll go to the hospital,” she thought, “and they’ll fix me, and I’ll be all better. They did fix me,” she says on the video, “but I’m not all better.” But, to her great relief, her unborn son was saved, and he’s now a healthy little baby boy, the delight of her life. “I was a human air bag,” she says, “and I did my job.” She’s inspirational in her honesty, and her lack of self-pity. “I’d take this any day.” By “this,” she means the trade off that left her paralyzed from mid-chest down, but spared her child’s life. Acceptance of things we cannot change is an indispensable bit of wisdom that Marcella seems to have found. When we honor mothers on the day annually set aside in recognition of their devotion and selflessness, it might serve us well to think of Marcella Wagner. Speaking of her family, she said, “I’d crawl with my teeth if I had to, to make them happy.” When the accident happened, Marcella was without health insurance, but even if she had the kind of gold-plated coverage very few people can afford, she would still be faced with an overwhelming array of expenses that come with disability. Because of the challenges she faces, because she incurred her injury on her way to her nursing classes, and because Marcella herself is so inspiring, Kappa Omicron, which is the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, was determined to lend help to their stricken sister. The Chico Nursing Students Association joined in the efforts to organize a fundraising event that will take place on Saturday, May 4. I spoke with Professor Peggy Rowberg about that fundraiser. Professor Rowberg advises students in the nursing program, and she’s coordinating the fundraising efforts. About Marcella,

she said: “She touched everyone’s heart in our program, first, because she was one of us, on her way to class during the third week of her studies. She’d always dreamed of being a nurse, and she was injured in pursuit of that dream. Even though we hadn’t had a chance to know her yet when the accident happened, it affected everyone here— the faculty and her classmates.” And so, in concert with the Kappa Omicron sorority, the Chico State Nursing Students Association got busy organizing to raise money for Marcella. They were bolstered by the additional sponsorship of Mercy Medical Center in Redding. The nurses at that facility had administered care to Marcella, had gotten to know her and her baby, and had been inspired by her courage and determination. “When everyone realized she had a cervical fracture,” Professor Rowberg said, “we knew immediately what that meant. When you have a fracture in your neck that high, it affects the nerves where your breathing occurs. Fortunately, they were able to get her off the respirator, but there would never be enough insurance, even if she’d had insurance. She needed so many things in order to function in a mobile world. We knew there would be lifelong needs.” And, consistent with their calling, when there are needs, nurses try to serve those needs. “Marcella’s baby was delivered by C-section,” Professor Rowberg said, “But Marcella is paralyzed from the shoulders down. She’s had several surgeries and has been undergoing a long recovery. She recently posted pictures that show her learning to hold a pencil with limited use of her right hand. She’s determined to recover, and she still holds out the hope of becoming a nurse.” But is that a realistic ambition? “You never know,” Professor Rowberg said. “There’s a program up in Utah, a grant to teach quadriplegics to walk. And advances in

treatment are always turning up.” Back in the late ‘60s, the expression “keep on keepin’ on” could be heard most any day. That’s the way with clichés; they soon find their way onto lots of people’s tongues. But except for the overuse, “keep on keepin’ on” is not a bad philosophy, especially in view of the inevitable setbacks we all face. Some of those setbacks are more dramatic and damaging than others, and the one suffered by Marcella Wagner is about as daunting as they come. But Marcella is about as courageous as they come, and those who want to help her in her determination to recover should make a point to show up at the One-Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park at 9 a.m. on May 4. “Marcella will have lifelong expenses related to this horrible accident,” Professor Rowberg said. “That’s why the Chico Nursing Students Association and Kappa Omicron planned this event as part of our 25th anniversary celebration.” All proceeds will be donated to the Marcella Wagner New Beginnings Fund. For those who can’t participate in the run, or make it out on the morning of that event, there will be a silent auction drawing, and donations can be made by contacting Peggy Rowberg at Those who would like further details, or wish to see the inspiring video of Marcella Wagner talking about her recovery, the Run4Recovery website can by accessed at run4recovery13. org. I spoke with Marcella on the phone just as I was finishing this piece. We talked for over an hour and every word she uttered reinforced the initial impression I’d drawn from seeing her on the video. As our phone conversation drew to a close, Marcella said, “I’m extremely blessed. I have a wonderful husband, a wonderful child, a wonderful family, and a wonderful group of friends, all of whom have gone beyond the call of duty to help me deal with this. People say all the time that I must be really strong, but I don’t feel that I’m that strong. I take my strength from those around me.”Marcella plans to be in attendance for the event being staged on her behalf at One-Mile on May 4. It’s hard to think of a better thing anyone could be doing on that spring morning. 45

Concours Elite 31st Annual Benefit Car Show On March 30th, the good folks at Concours Elite held their 31st annual benefit car show in support of the Butte Humane Society. With five packed parking lots, a full showroom, and more food, drink and activities than you could feasibly know what to do with, the show attracted hundreds of familiar faces from all over Butte County and cars from far beyond. Needless to say, we’re already looking forward to next year’s show. Congratulations on a job well done!



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years old)

“My mommy is beautiful. Her eyes sparkle. I want to give her a special life for Mother’s Day.”

Moms! Benjamin (9 years old)

“She takes care of me and loves me. She is special because she is actually the best.”

Arianna (4 years old)

“I want to give her a pretty fairy tattoo for Mother’s Day.”


(3 years old) “I love my mommy because she gives me a kitty named Charger, popcorn and cookies.”




(7 years old) “She actually gives us everything we want. I love how she loves me and hugs me all the time. I love how she gives us choices and doesn’t force us into anything.”

LilyAnn (11 years old)

“I love that whatever I do, even though I make mistakes, she still loves me and she understands how I feel. She supports me in everything I do. I feel like I can talk to her about anything.”


(11 years old) “She’s really kind. She says we’re going river rafting this summer.”


(7 years old)


“Sometimes she helps me and I want to give her flowers for Mother’s Day.”

(6 years old) “I want to give her a card for Mother’s Day because she loves me so much and I love her spaghetti.”

Abby (5

years old)

“I like how she makes eggs and lets me put salt on them.”

Caitlen (11 years old)

“When I get hurt she’ll be sure I’m better and if I really want something sometimes she’ll get it for me. She helps out a lot in my class.”


(6 years old)

“She’s really good at making popsicles. She can even make spinach taste good when she puts it in a popsicle.”


(3 years old) “I love my mommy because she does special stuff for me.”


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When it comes to Mother’s Day, there are few experiences quite as important as the brunch that gets it all started. Luckily for those of us looking to impress that special mom in our lives, our little pocket of northern California has plenty of delectable options to choose from, and regardless of what her culinary tastes may be, there’s something here for just about everyone. We took a brief break from the daily grind to scout the town in search of items that made our mouths water and locales that would serve as the perfect destination to begin your Mother’s Day festivities.





The Doctor is In By Aveed Khaki | Photography by Frank Rebelo

Born in San Francisco, dermatologist Dr. Kafele Hodari is a Californian through and through; regardless of how well he has traveled around our fine nation, our state has always remained his home. His father, a college football player, moved the family to Michigan when Kafele entered the fifth grade to pursue a master’s degree in advertising at Michigan State. Two years later, the family was on the move yet again, this time to Iowa for law school; three years after, they finally landed in Columbus, Ohio where his father decided to practice sports and entertainment law. 64


Covering four states in eight years would be enough for most, but Kafele wasn’t done traveling just yet. After high school, he chose to move back to Iowa and attend Grinnell College, a small (approximately 1,200 student) private university. His time here afforded him the ability to follow in his father’s footsteps as a collegiate football player, and also helped him find a path to his eventual career in medicine. He made a jump back to Ohio after college for medical school and also earned a master’s degree in business while there. When it came time to choose a residency, he opted for internal medicine at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans; two months later, he came face-to-face with Hurricane Katrina. As one of the most devastating disasters our nation has ever seen, Hurricane Katrina put Dr. Hodari in a situation that few doctors come into contact with. Hospitals are busy enough places to begin with, but in the midst of devastation at this magnitude, the overcrowding turned New Orleans’ hospitals into utter chaos. A trial by fire in the truest sense, Dr. Hodari was caring for some forty patients each day during the storm and its aftermath. He completed a threeyear residency in internal medicine at Ochsner Hospital, while contributing to the rebuilding of New Orleans, then completed an additional three-year residency in dermatology at Tulare University Medical Center.

(above left) Dr. Hodari consults with a patient. (above right) A quick botox injection to reduce lines. second interview decided it was time to make his final move to Chico. Dr. Hodari began his practice as a board certified dermatologist at North Valley Dermatology in August 2011 and has progressively built his list of services since. From the general care of acne and skin aberrations to cosmetic offerings like chemical peels, botox, and fillers, it has been Dr. Hodari’s mission to provide the perfect marriage of art and science to enhance beauty.

After all of the moves and surviving a major natural disaster, Dr. Hodari decided it was finally time to return home. Having lived both in small college towns and large metropolitan areas during his journey, he sought a city Perhaps most important, the pracwhich would provide the best tice has focused heavily of both of those worlds. He on skin cancer as began his search for it is one of the the perfect town and more rampant was introduced by diseases a mutual colout there. devell il w league to Dr. s One-in-five n a c ameri eir th f o Donald Richey Amerie One in five rs u o w cer in the c at North Valley e cans will n n a c re in o k m s op re are e th Dermatology r devela e y f so ch lifetime. Ea ancer than new case d in Chico. They op skin in c ng an lu , had an instant cancer te ta s cases of sk ro st, p a re b % e connection. 0 over the 9 th f cancers o roximately p p A . He visited with course d e in re b ncers a colon com his wife, a gifted of their ma skin ca o n la e ia m d n o ra n runner who lifetime, ll to a of sure with expo unsurprisingly fell and ssociated a e sun. in love with Bidwell though tion from th Park, and after his this disease

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could prove to be fatal, early detection increases patient survival rates to 98%. To fight this disease, Dr. Hodari has been offering free skin cancer screenings since March to anyone in the greater Chico area on the first Friday of the month. The program has already been hugely successful, and led to the surgical removal of an early onset melanoma detected on the very first day of screening. Fortunately, the lesion was caught early and was prevented from spreading. Screenings are offered between 12:30pm and 4:30pm, and though the visit is free, appointments are still required. As May is skin cancer awareness month, there is no better time than right now to set up an appointment and ensure that your skin is functioning at its very best. As the largest organ in our bodies, it is our first line of defense against outside pathogens and should be properly protected and fortified at all times. Call Dr. Hodari’s office at (530) 894-6832 to set up an appointment today. Office hours are 8:00am5:00pm Monday, Thursday, and Friday with special hours of 7:30am-4:30pm on Tuesday and 9:00am-6:00pm on Wednesday, allowing great flexibility for those with standard nine-to-five work schedules.


Bidwell Perk’s New Summertime Treat: Lemonade Coolers It’s that time of year again; summer is finally right around the corner! Days are growing longer, beautifully blistering temperatures lurk just over the horizon, and the promise of days that don’t begin and end at work keep us counting down the hours until it arrives. Not only is summer a herald of gorgeous Butte County weather and fun, but it also happens to signal the launch of one of our favorite offerings in town, Bidwell Perk’s seasonal summer menu. Undoubtedly one of our very favorite café hangouts in the north state (and home to some of our favorite people), the Perk has been hard at work dreaming up exactly what new items would grace its seasonal summer menu. We were recently invited to sneak a peek, and yes, even a taste, of their upcoming summer menu 66


Cooler Menu and their brand new Lemonade Coolers, an infusion of local fruits and vegetables that will leave your mouth watering. Not only are these new infusions delicious, but they’re also made from ingredients sourced right here in Chico. The lavender pictured above, and mixed into every Lavender Bliss, comes directly from the ladies at Lavender Legacy, an undoubtedly familiar name to visitors of Chico’s Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market. The mint used in the Indigo Mojo is purchased from local family owned and operated Lor’s Produce while the watermelon and cucumbers are purchased from organic powerhouse, Chico’s S&S Produce. Even the jars are local from Collier Hardware located in Downtown Chico. Local, refreshing, and undeniably delicious, these new Lemonade Coolers are sure to be the perfect start to any summer experience this year.

This summer, you will find the Lemonade Coolers in four flavors: Lavender Bliss: Sparkling lemonade infused with lavender, garnished with sprigs of lavender. Watermelon Crush: Sparkling lemonade infused with watermelon, topped off with watermelon cubes. Indigo Mojo: Sparkling lemonade with mojito mix and blueberry, garnished with fresh mint. Pink Citrus: Sparkling lemonade infused with ruby red grapefruit, refreshed with slices of cucumber. All coolers are served in 24oz mason jars, which are yours to keep for a small additional charge.

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Frugal House is Back!

Experience Joy! by Lisa Shara Experience the full symphony performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in two North State locations in May: Saturday, May 11 at Laxson Auditorium, CSU, Chico (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday, May 12 at Cascade Theatre, Redding (2:00 p.m.). There’s no substitute for experiencing a live performance of this remarkable work that has been referred to as one of humanity’s greatest achievements. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Opus 125 was completed in 1824, and this timeless piece conveys emotion that continues to touch audiences of today. In this symphony, Beethoven intertwines separate compositional ideas into one work that juxtaposes styles from his earlier periods against elements from his late period. He entitled this work Symphony with Final Chorus on Schiller’s “Ode to Joy,” with integration of Friedrich von Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” marking the transition towards Romantic Music. The Ninth is Beethoven’s only vocal symphony, and features a full chorus and four vocal soloists during the glorious fourth and last movement. The May performances feature two combined vocal ensembles: the CSUC University Singers and Shasta College Chorale. The four featured guest soloists are accomplished vocal artists Soprano Daun Weiss, Alto Beth Madsen Bradford, Tenor Les Green and Baritone Ryan Kuster: Frequent soloist and versatile performer Daun Weiss is a founding member of the Chico Early Music Ensemble. She has performed with the Sacramento Early Music Consort, Sacramento Baroque Soloists, California Bach Society, and North State Symphony, and is a featured soloist at Chico’s Bach Festival.

Beth Bradford has worked with Portland Opera, Opera Theater Oregon, Tacoma Opera, Skagit Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Aspen Opera Theater Center, and has appeared as a soloist with the Juneau Symphony, Oregon Symphony and North State Symphony. Leslie Green is in high demand as a soloist, often praised for his seemingly effortless, expressive singing. He has appeared in the Northwest with the Oregon Repertory Singers, Portland Symphonic Choir, Willamette Master Chorus, Rose City Chamber Orchestra and the Columbia Chorale. Performing as a soloist with the San Francisco Opera and the Wolf Trap Opera, Ryan Kuster made his symphonic debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. This season, he is appearing with the Nashville Opera and the Dallas Opera, and in 2014 will make his Colorado Opera debut. Before each concert, enhance your symphony experience by attending Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett’s pre-concert talk one hour before the performance (free to ticket holders). Always informative and often entertaining, come learn some surprising facts about Beethoven and his esteemed final symphony as Pickett paints a verbal picture of the era. The North State Symphony is proud to present the Finale of the 12th season since the former Redding and Chico Symphonies merged. The concerts are sure to sell out, so purchasing tickets early is advised! Tickets can be purchased through the venue box offices: CSU, Chico, (530) 898-6333; Cascade Theatre, (530) 243-8877, or online at For more information, visit the North State Symphony website or call the Symphony office at (530) 898-5984.

Frugal House is an annual fundraising event benefitting the North State Symphony. Frugal House 2013 is an Epick Home currently under construction as part of The Orchard new home development. Frugal House 2013 will be in June 6-7-8, 2013, pending completion of the house on schedule. The North State Symphony is seeking donations of furnishings, art, accessories, and any other household items that can be used to decorate and sell at Frugal House. Donated items can be taken to Sorenson Moving and Storage at 600 Orange Street in Chico. Limited pick-up service is also available. Frugal House showcases creative decorating ideas that are affordable and sustainable, without sacrificing taste and style. Chico State interior design students work with adult decorators and interior designers to furnish and decorate a Chico home, primarily using donated items. Frugal House 2013 features the work of local Decorator Duos, professional and non-professional folks working in teams of two. Almost every item in Frugal House will be for sale at affordable prices. Opening Night Party is Thursday, June 6. Guests can explore the home and have the first opportunity to purchase items while enjoying wine, delicious appetizers, and live music. Frugal House will also be open for touring and shopping on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8 (tent.). Guests can pick up purchased items at the house on Sunday, June 9. The public can follow Frugal House on Twitter @frugalhouse and become a fan on Facebook at “Frugal House” for updates on the event and frugal design tips. For more information on The Orchard, visit http:// 67


Is Your Check Engine Light On? by Renée Michel, MBA Financial Advisor at Asset Management Group

If you have a newer car you’re probably like me and no longer worry about how many miles you’ve driven since your last oil change. We know a yellow “check engine” light will appear when it’s time to make the appointment, so why worry? Some cars even alert drivers when tires are low or brakes need to be checked. This technology helps keep drivers safe and their cars running smoothly. Wouldn’t it be great if our retirement plans and other investment accounts alerted us when change or maintenance is needed? The markets have recovered most losses from the lows of March 2009 and we’ve hit an all time high for the DJIA. Your portfolio has been through a very volatile period. If your portfolio were a car, the check engine light would be glowing right now. Schedule an appointment with your financial advisor to review your current asset allocation and risk tolerance. It’s important to have an allocation in place that represents your risk tolerance and time frame. Fluctuations in the market can alter your desired allocation. Rebalancing, adjusting your holdings—that is, buying and selling certain stocks, funds, or other securities—to maintain your established asset allocation may be needed. Investment allocations should be reviewed at least annually. 1 Securities and advisory services offered through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC (doing insurance business in CA as CFGAN Insurance Agency), member FINRA/ SIPC. Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity.

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Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana by Dr. Paula Barros

This pose offers the heart upward as the hips ground downward into the earth. One leg is extended, the other is folded into it’s own upper thigh, and the hips face obliquely. We begin by turning toward the folded knee; offering the heart upward, reaching the arm straight overhead to expand the side rib cage and enjoy a deeper breath.



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When you lose your hearing, you lose contact with people." -Helen Keller A deeper opening is found in the finished pose rooting down through both buttocks bones and inviting the side body to lengthen and expand while revolving the heart upward to the sky

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I have a lot of hair and it takes FOREVER for me to curl it, but my hair doesn’t look good without any styling. I want to cut down my getting-ready time in the morning, and give my arms a break! Do you have tips for creating texture or curl without the long process of the curling iron?

Answer by Kimberlee Klein, Owner of Poison Apple Salon Dear Maria, If you want to “cut” down your getting ready time, ironically a “cut” is exactly what needs to happen. A good haircut will help you get control of that mane. De-bulking is a type of cutting technique that helps manage thick hair & maintains the length of your hair. TIP: De-bulking is not the same as thinning the hair, do your homework, find a stylist that’s been

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Answer by Rocio Jauregui, Manager of Poison Apple Salon I agree. Long, luscious lashes are one of the most essential parts of your makeup. They define and open up your eyes. The trick is finding a GOOD mascara. Plain and simple. Once you find the right mascara you are set. For those who are on a budget Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara is by far one of my all time faves and a must-have in my makeup collection. This mascara has been thickening lashes since the 70’s and it works! Now, if you have a little extra room in your wallet and want to treat yourself to lash heaven here are two mascaras I’m obsessed with. The first is Youngblood’s Mineral Lengthening Mascara. It is long

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The Big Idea

by Dr. Michelle L. Anderson It was once said, “Get the BIG IDEA, and all else follows.” When it comes to health, what is the Big Idea? Simply put, the Big Idea is that your body was designed with a natural, innate, ability to express a healthy LIFE. That’s exactly what you were created to do. Your central nervous system allows you to maintain life. The health of your nervous system is directly responsible for the health of your body and your life. Think of your brain as the central computer that controls and coordinates all the functions for your body. Your brain and spinal cord are continually monitoring every function in your body – every single nanosecond! Your nervous system is the communication network that relays messages back and forth from the brain to different parts of the body via the spinal cord. The nerves of your body are extremely delicate and need consistent care and protection. Your skull and your spine are the body armor that protects our Ask ERT XP


your brain and spinal cord. When your mom told you to “Stand up straight,” she was actually helping you care for your spine. There’s some truth to that! Standing up straight helps contribute to proper alignment. But there’s more to a healthy spine than just standing up straight. A healthy spine must have proper alignment and proper motion. How do you know if your spine has the correct alignment and motion? The right way to find out is to get your spine checked. This determines if your nervous system is functioning properly and will allow you to take action to make it even healthier. So, did you get the Big Idea? In order to LIVE your LIFE to your fullest potential you must have a healthy nervous system. Call your chiropractor to see how healthy your nervous system is today. If you don’t have a chiropractor, call us – Chico Spine & Wellness. Life Changing Care through Chiropractic.

Teen Hearing Loss by Deanna McCoy Certified Audioprosthologist

According to the results of a recent national study, approximately one in five teenagers is suffering from hearing loss. Twenty percent! Just as alarming as the size of this number is how sharply it is on the rise. The prevalence of hearing loss increased from about 15 percent to 19.5 percent, from studies ending in 1994 compared to 2006. Although most teenage hearing loss is classified as “mild”, the rapid growth of the problem in such an uncharacteristically young population has drawn the attention of audiologists and parents. Even a slight hearing loss can cause problems in school and set the stage for the need for hearing aids sooner in life. Many industry experts suspect the

widespread use of music players and ear bud headphones as having a strong influence on this large percentage. Volume is an obvious cause for our youth’s hearing loss, but what makes the situation all the more consequential is that high volume for a prolonged amount of time. Today’s teenagers are listening to music through modern players much longer than kids did in the past – over twice as long in many cases. The older technologies had limited battery life and limited music storage. This noise-induced hearing loss is preventable. So be mindful of your ears while enjoying your favorite music and get your entire family’s hearing evaluated to find out if listening habits should be adjusted.

Chico Hearing Aid Center 1600 Mangrove Ave, Chico, CA 95926 | (530) 342-8132

Planning to Succeed, Health

Part 3 (Finale) by Scott Amick, CPT

As summer winds down and fall begins, it will be time to take a good look in the mirror and commit to the goals that you set during the spring season. During the fall and winter Americans are presented with a few very calorically intense holidays. Thanksgiving, The Christmas Holidays, and New Year are all chalked full of opportunities to slow your progress up the Health Focus Ramp. Lucky for you, you will have already committed to watching your diet and exercise more closely as the year and the seasons come full circle. Remember, you have set a ramp and a timeline with goals that are relative to the season. In order to hit spring in full stride, you will need to gradually intensify your exercise through the fall and winter. On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the least intense and 10 being an all out fanatic, fall should land at a 6-7 and winter should land at a 7-8 on the intensity scale. Don’t you fret, 9 and 10 are right around the corner during spring. Examples of exercise that is modifiable which falls into the 6-8 category include Pilates, Yoga, cycling, swimming, and weight training. For those of you that push very hard year round, it may be challenging to peel back the intensity for a little while. Gathering a perspective that allows you to know when an appropriate “All out effort” time period should begin is what this model is all about. This in turn will help you label the other three seasons. I find it very helpful to draw a yearly timeline when labeling the health concepts. If you choose, you can even write your goals in association with intensity based scales(such as 1-10) relative to: body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and aerobic capacity. For more regarding the Train by the Seasons Model, contact Until next month, Move with Intention. 71



(left) Postcard, photo and design by C. Osborn (top right) Chico’s Ballet Folklórico, Dancing Feet, photo by P. Beehner. (bottom right) Art and his Girlfriend Fiesta, Art Fiesta Mascots, photo by M. Phillips

It’s Art Fiesta Time! ChiVAA, Chico Visual Arts Alliance, presents its third annual Art Fiesta on May 10, 11 and 12 at the Matador Motel. ChiVAA, a non-profit umbrella organization, gives arts groups and individual artists a united voice and presence in Chico. Its mission is to foster an environment in which our art community can flourish to the enhancement of Chico’s cultural and economic well being. While artists, driven by personal visions, labor alone in their studios they also need to sell their work and get feedback from viewers. Some of Chico’s most creative artists, including those without other means to reach the public, will transform Matador rooms into salons where they can discuss their art with visitors. Others will set up booths to create a lively and festive corridor of original art works. The Matador’s architectural detailing has amazed past Fiesta visitors. Between 1944 and 1953, the Glumac family designed the Matador in their interpretation of Spanish Colonial Revival style and had it built by local craftsmen. Nicholas Glumac selected patterned tiles from Gladding McBean in Lincoln, hauled them home over many trips in the family car, and set all the tiles himself, working through the night until he’d completed the individual showers. Each Art Fiesta day has a distinct character: Party Night Friday features salsa music and dancing; Family Saturday offers kids’ activities and a Ballet Folklorico performance; Take Mom to the Fiesta Sunday provides a family picture taking set-up and music. Parking is free and plentiful; delicious Mexican food and drinks are available at modest prices. The “Art Fiesta” provides a Spring art celebration and marketing opportunity to complement Chico Art Center’s October “Open Studios Tour.” Last year 1,750 Chicoans and out-of-towners enjoyed this invigorating Spring tonic. Art Fiesta hours: Friday 4-9 pm; Saturday 11-7 pm; Sunday; 11-3 pm The Matador Motel is at 1934 The Esplanade (between 9th & 10th Avenues) and there is ample free parking at the Chico Nut Company lots at the corner of 10th Avenue & the Esplanade and 9th & Oleander. For further information: or call 530-487-4553 73


Artist Profile:

Daren Satow by Briana Lindstrom

You might recognize Daren as the angel who hands you your perfectly mixed drink across the counter at Crush happy hour after a long day of work. While he loves chatting with customers and serving drinks to the thirsty, drawing is his true gift. With a BA from Chico State in applied computer graphics and a minor in art, he is trained to do the fancy stuff, but his real passion is simply to draw. Upgraded Living recently succeeded in convincing him to be our illustrator and now he’s part of the new look of the magazine, adding flare and character to the publication. We’re honored to have him and excited to introduce him to you... Daren Satow: Drink-Shaker, Art-Maker, Extraordinaire. As a sidenote, and one particularly worthy of mention, Daren’s laptop was recently stolen. It housed all of his many works of beautiful art, so finding just the right piece to display as the definition of his ability was near impossible. We were, however, lucky enough to come across some gems on his personal Facebook page. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that they reproduce well in print. The first three were sketched onto a friend’s arm cast. If you were as fragile as we were growing up, you probably have a bit of experience drawing on this medium. A broken arm often turned into our first attempt at a Picasso. Naturally, with such experience, one well knows the difficulty in committing a name, much less a work of art to such a ragged surface. Needless to say, it makes us wish we were twelve again.



UL: What do you like about Chico? DS: I love chico mainly because it’s a small college town. You get to know a lot of the people here and see a lot of familiar faces. I love working at Crush too because the food is good and our customers are nice. I enjoy being a person who can make drinks for good people. UL: What do you get from your art? DS: I really like the self satisfaction I get after it’s done. To be proud of myself. All the recognition from peers and other people is great too, but mostly I just enjoy drawing. UL: How did you develop your style? DS: For the longest time, I never really had my own drawing style. It kind of developed out of bits and pieces of other people’s styles. I’d see things i liked from other people and incorporate it into my drawings. Slowly it grew into my own style. UL: How did you get into art? DS: At an early age I loved to draw. I always had a natural talent for it so I was told to keep going. At elementary school in Sacramento, they have a young authors program. You write a book and do the illustrations and I won that a few times at our school. Then I started winning competitions for design and was published in The Sacramento Bee. I took a productive advertising class where we designed banners for local people and it was nice to get my work around and see it in public. UL: How did you go from drawing on paper to using a computer? DS: The big turning point would probably be Toy Story. When Pixar started coming out with their animation that’s what my focus became. 3D computer graphics and modeling. But the more I did that, the more I realized it’s not exactly what I want to do. It’s hard, tedious and time consuming. I love seeing the finished products but the whole process of getting to that point is miserable. What I really like to do is draw. With a regular #2 lead pencil. UL: How do you begin a piece? DS: Most of it is in my head. I brainstorm and picture possibilities. From that point I’ll do rough sketches to map it out. The rest is just going with the flow.

UL: What advice do you have for young artists? DS: If you love doing art and you really enjoy it and you’re passionate about it then stick with it. If your love is art, do what you love. Do what you do best. Do you. UL: Do you listen to music while you draw? DS: I do. I listen to a lot of music. I don’t have a favorite kind. I tend to listen to mostly hip hop, but during the art process it could go from Enya to hard metal or dubstep. Whatever mood I’m in. UL: What inspires you in the world? DS: I would say family drives me a lot. Everyone before me in my family has been pretty successful in everything they do so it motivates me to be better at what I do. UL: What artists inspire you? DS: I would say John Lasseter is a huge inspiration to me. He is a director and producer, but he is an artist. I also always liked Bob Ross growing up. UL: Have you learned anything about yourself, or the world through your own artistic process? DS: I’ve learned that art is a very difficult field to break into. It’s very competitive but that’s never deterred me from doing it. UL: What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? DS: Sunsets. I really have a thing for sunsets. Even though it’s so cliché, it’s one of the things I like to draw too. UL: What do you want your art to provide to the world? DS: Inspiration for young artists. I don’t want art to die.. I don’t think it will, but it’s good to inspire people to do art. UL: What’s your favorite color? DS: I don’t have a favorite color. But if black is considered a color, it may be black. UL: What is your favorite quote? DS: “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”


Artist Profile:

Enyer “Wareke” Buroz by Briana Lindstrom A philosopher and an artist in all he does, Wareke strings the most beautiful and profound words together turning ordinary conversation into poetry. After our interview I found myself wishing he could narrate my life, wondering if more mystical and meaningful things would happen to a person with a voice like Wareke’s to guide and interpret their being. The same mindfulness and ability to describe the mundane with color and metaphor go into his art. He communicates philosophical ideas and subjects by combining clay with metal, wood, found objects and lots and lots of intention. Although his pieces are formed in idea and ingredients because of “serendipity,” the purpose and meaning behind each of his creations is planned and profound. UL: How did you end up in Chico? WB: It’s a long love history. I was born in Venezuela. I met my wife, Kate, in Costa Rica when we were both traveling. We knew each other for 2 days and then went our separate ways. For 4 years we thought about each other (many letters, e-mails and some phone calls) and finally decided to meet again in Venezuela. After one week of being reunited, we decided to get married.  She is from Chicago so we were going to make our way back there, but wanted to stop to visit my in-laws, and thought Chico would be an easier way for me to adapt to life in USA.. We’ve been here ever since. Married for 13 years and raising 7 kids together. UL: What do you like about Chico? WB: My nature is that I love the city life, but I love to be able to be in nature in 10 or 15 minutes. The little city life you have here is such a high level of quality because there is so much

art and nice people and nature. I find myself at home. UL: What do you get from your art? WB: I get the satisfaction that no matter what stage in my life I’ve been in with family, financially, any situation even in having nothing but my backpack, I’ve always been doing art. It’s always been the thing to open a door for me when a door has closed. The satisfaction that I’ve maintained myself as an artist and believing in the power of transformation that art has. UL: How did you develop your style? WB: It is in development because my ideas are always in development. But I love one word when I am working in art: “serendipity.” For me everything starts with an idea and the materials and how the piece comes together is serendipity. Picking and choosing the things floating around me and putting them together to express something. UL: How do you begin a piece? WB: My pieces start with a feeling. Normally they were poems at some moment in my head. Poems that never get written, but get formed into art. UL: How has traveling influenced your art? WB: Traveling has made me develop empathy for the world. Their suffering is mine. Their happiness is mine. My artwork has become more conceptual because it is full of ideas. As an artist I don’t consider myself an object maker. I consider myself to transform my ideas into 3D things. My primordial thing is the poem, the love, the idea, the unity of people. I’m always trying to tear down walls and create universal appeal and communication. UL: Do you listen to music while you create? WB: If I’m not listening to music, I’m singing and dancing to it. I listen to everything. UL: What inspires you in the world? WB: People inspire me. Also, the idea that we start to understand each other (globalization). Art is a bridge in that sense because even if your art doesn’t have universal appeal, The expression itself is universal.

Daren Satow and Enyer “Wareke” Buroz photos by Michelle Camy

UL: Use 3 words to describe yourself. WB: Can i make it 4? Free Radical Cultural Entity. UL: What artists inspire you? WB: I get inspired by artists that reflect the condition that they are more than object makers. Ai Weiwei is one of my favorites. I love also Dada and all the Dada culture. I hate the word “sub-culture” but I love street art or underground art. I also love the traditional art artists. There is no difference when it’s a matter of creativity and imagination and what you feel, when you do art you are an artist. If I hold a microphone to sing a song, maybe more people will enjoy it. If I only have my baby to hold and no microphone, my baby will enjoy it. It doesn’t matter who is listening as long as I am expressing myself. UL: What have you learned about yourself or the world through your artistic process? WB: I have learned that patience is the most important thing because my work will always be in revolution. I’m totally in development and I want to die in development. UL: What will your art provide the world? WB: I want to provide to the world what I receive from art. I receive this power of trying to figure out the reason why I came to this world. But I don’t want to just show you my development, tell you how I sing a song. I also want to show you that no matter if people think you’re a good or bad singer, it doesn’t stop you you. Create your own genre if it’s necessary. Don’t let whatever is existing as status quo make you stop your development. Stick to yourself and your art. UL: How have you used your art at work? WB: I have been teaching art through CARD in the after school program. That’s part of the payback of life. The possibility for me to do something for children has been amazing. I also did that in Ethiopia teaching street children. That trip is what changed my perception of so many things. It made me think about one particular aspect of life. It made me understand the balance of the world. If someone is too comfortable, it is because someone else is uncomfortable. But life is still beautiful. 75


Local artist profiles

Cynthia Sexton

Orient & Flume Art Glass A Chico Tradition Since 1972

Orient & Flume Art Glass Mother’s Day Sale Save 25% off All Art Glass in the Gallery Tuesday April 30th through Saturday May 4th

Summer Aspen by Bruce Sillars Master in his craft Viewing hours: Monday – Friday 10am - 2pm (Viewing hours may vary)

2161 Park Ave. Chico 530-893-0370 Ext.3. Gallery Hours: 10am – 5pm Monday through Saturday Cynthia Sexton Showing at Avenue 9 Gallery 180 E 9th Ave., Chico (530) 879-1821

Cynthia Sexton is an award winning watercolor artist whose paintings reflect her love for color and the abstract shapes created by the effects of sun on her subjects. She is a Guild member at Avenue 9 Gallery and also teaches watercolor at various venues in Chico and Paradise. Her website provides the latest information on her classes and events.

Esteban Duran Esteban is an international artist who’s diverse work includes painting, sculpture, mixed media, and functional tin work. He is primarily self taught in the fine arts but holds a degree in graphic design/advertising art. Shown: “A Tribute to Janice Lee Porter”.

Visit me at the Art Fiesta!

Michael Mulcahy I work with acrylic paint on canvas. My art is tied together with quirky subject matter and a love of vibrant color, beginning with a “real” image that is abstracted in an eccentric way.



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Kyle Wiley Pickett, Music Director/Conductor

Beethoven, Symphony No. 9

May 1

May 3 Artist’s Reception Orland Art Center Gallery 732 Fourth Street, Orland 3:00pm - 7:00pm Starting Six Senator Theater 517 Main Street, Downtown Chico 9:00pm

May 4 10th Annual Auxiliary Fashion Show Luncheon Fundraiser Eagle’s Hall 1940 Mulberry Street 2:00pm

may 11 (cont’d)

with CSU, Chico University Chorus, Shasta College Chorale

Third Annual Spring Bloom Event Lucero Olive Oil 2120 Loleta Avenue, Corning 10:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. Laxson Auditorium, Chico Pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall Tickets: University Box Office, 530.898.6333

8th Annual Paradise Chocolate Fest Terry Ashe Park, Paradise 9:00am - 5:00pm

May 15

Sunday, May 12, 2:00 p.m. Cascade Theatre, Redding Pre-concert talk at 1:00 p.m. Tickets: Cascade Theatre Box Office, 530.243.8877

A fun and frugal affair – a fundraiser for the North State Symphony

The Little Mermaid, Jr. Playhouse Youth Theater Laxson Auditorium, CSU Chico 7:30pm Tyler, The Creator w/ Earl Sweatshirt Senator Theater 517 Main Street, Downtown Chico 8:00pm



Calendar of Events Music Man Laxson Auditorium - CSU Chico 7:30pm


Frugal House returns to Chico! Thursday–Saturday, June 6–8 FRUGAL


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MAY 7 Todd Snider w/Amanda Shires The El Rey, Downtown Chico 8:00pm

May 8 That1Guy w/ Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club The El Rey, Downtown Chico 9:00pm

May 9 Paul Taylor Dance Company Laxson Auditorium, CSU Chico 7:30pm

May 10 ARTaboutTOWN Art Fiesta at the Matador 1934 Esplanade, Chico 5pm - 8pm

may 11 North State Symphony Experience Joy, Beethoven’s 9th Laxson Auditorium, CSU Chico 7:30pm

May 17 Chico Women’s Club Ebony & Ivory Boogie, Ragtime and Showtunes 592 E. 3rd Street, Chico 7:30pm Joanne Allred & Deborah Woodward Poetry 1078 Gallery 820 Broadway, Downtown Chico 7:30pm


May 18 An Evening with Pepper Senator Theater 517 Main Street, Downtown Chico 8:00pm

Chico Saturday 2nd & Wall Streets


Sat 7:30am - 1pm

AND COMING SOON... Oroville Montgomery & Myers St Sat 7:30am -12pm May 18 – Oct 26

Paradise 6491 Clark Rd Tues 7:30am – 12pm May 21 – Oct 15

Chico North Valley Plaza Pillsbury Road Wed 7:30am - 12pm May 22 – Nov 22

Paradise Community Park Black Olive Dr & Pearson Rd Thurs 5pm - 8pm June 20 – Sept 5



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Upgraded Living Magazine - May 2013 Issue  
Upgraded Living Magazine - May 2013 Issue  

We go big for Mother's Day with an incredible giveaway, a visit to some of our favorite local brunch hotspots, and a story on one of norther...