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FROM THE EDITOR UPGRADED LIVING STAFF ’Tis the season of giving, and in the spirit of the holidays, I sincerely offer you warm wishes and lighthearted cheersing.

AVEED KHAKI Publisher/Owner

It was a little strange to delve into all things holiday in the middle of November, but I certainly didn’t mind. Getting into the Christmas spirit boosted my mood and holiday home decor made an earlier appearance at my place. A couple of extra weeks of tinsel and twinkle lights never hurt anyone, right? It’s also quite fitting The Beatles grace our December issue, the Fab Four was a band who wrote and sang incredible love songs, and during this season, giving a little love is what we’re all about. The gate was created by the talents of Old Chico Iron, you’ll read all about their gift inside. The Beatles’ famed Abbey Road gate is a first of many gifts the metal artists are bestowing to our beautiful community. Christmas time allows room for us to reflect on the things we take for granted, appreciate, and love. This season also welcomes warm thoughts of our loved ones, four-legged ones too. I got that fuzzy reminder putting this magazine together. I sat down with so many family-owned local business owners to hear their story, and it was a brilliant reminder that so many colorful citizens make up this beautiful community. Staying on the theme of giving, we are thrilled to introduce a brand new tech advice section. This month, we ease you into improving your home with some high-tech advancements for a better connection. This issue is packed with good cheer to last throughout the year! From delicious dessert recipes to sparkling accessories, to meeting the faces of our favorite storefronts and hideaway restaurants—the tidings of joy is very clear! We hope your holiday is filled with lots of warmth, love, cheer, and happiness. From all of us at Upgraded Living, we wish you a wonderful Christmas, a magical holiday, and a banging New Year!



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CONTENTS DECEMBER 2017 COMMUNITY 12 Salvation Army jingles all the way with this yearly holiday tradition 14 Introducing Cool Kid: Christian Gisborne 16 Early bird members of Sunrise Rotary Club give back to the community

24 A special delivery made by the elves at the Chico Post Office 42 New downtown business owners are in the business of Tomfoolery

HEALTH & BEAUTY 34 A holistic approach to flu season may be the alternative medicine you need

36 Five steps to staying healthy and avoiding the holiday sugar blues 38 We give you three ways to style your little black dress for the holiday season

HOME 40 Get the lowdown on setting up a tech-savvy home 44 New Again Kitchen Remodeling Presents House Call: DIY Remodel Gets a Professional Remedy

52 Mountain views inspired Chico Custom Cabinetry cliff custom kitchen

FOOD & FARM 58 Spread the cheer with these two delicious dessert recipes 61 Orange you glad to see the Ingredient of the Month?! 62 We spend an afternoon with the almond farmers of Sohnrey Family Farm

FEATURE 18 Local Spotlight: We sit down with Old Chico Iron’s men of steel 66 Gift Guide: We’ve made a list and checked it twice so you don't have too!

ARTS 76 We’re in the workshop of Chico artist Kenneth McCall


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Christian Gisborne was destined for a life of music. Having grown up in a musically saturated household (Christian's father is a songwriter/producer who operates the record label, Sound x3, and his mother is a music attorney), his love and interest for all things music stem as far back as he can remember. Although he’s always had a passion for music, it wasn’t until a year ago that the emerging artist considered his passion as a potential career. Christian is 14 years old and a freshman at Inspire School of Art and Sciences, where he has the opportunity to take classes related to his career aspirations, such as recording arts. He plays a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and performs vocals; he is influenced by the music of the '60s, especially John Lennon and The Beatles. Christian loves the process of creating as well as performing live. He explains, “It’s like a job, but I enjoy it, so it’s really not.” Additionally, he plays and writes by ear, as he wants to keep his creativity flowing without having to worry about specific types of notes and timing. Christian has a natural ear for music, giving him the rare superpower of being able to dissect and replicate a recording. When Christian was around 6 years old, he started listening to The Beatles, which has turned into his most significant influence, alongside other rock groups like Cage the Elephant and The White Stripes. He even admits to staying home “sick” from school one day just to learn all the lyrics


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to a Beatles' tune. When it comes to his songs, Christian recognizes the great impact music has on society and often weaves political messages into his works. He believes, “Music can be a powerful force, as far impacting our ability to alter emotions, attitudes, perceptions, and it can make the world a better place.” About a year ago, Christian put all his focus into the Velvet Starlings, his '60s-influenced indie rock band. He performs with classmates and fronts the group performing lead guitar and vocals. Christian hit the Chico music scene with a bang. He has performed multiple times at Thursday Night Markets, Saturday Farmers Markets, Chico State University, Keep Chico Creative Festival, Sofar Sounds Chico, the Pioneer Day Parade, and out-of-town gigs like, The Gibson Showroom in Beverly Hills. Plans for a spring EP release are in the mix for the young musician. Christian recorded his seven-track EP with his father in May, where he plays all the instruments featured except the drums. With his incredible talent, charisma, and ambition, this Cool Kid is sure to make it far in the music world. Be sure to catch Christian and the Velvet Starlings before they become mega-famous and concert tickets sell out! You can follow Christian’s band on Instagram @velvetstarlings and like their Facebook page for updates on their music.


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We are excited to share a holiday collaboration of 10 nonprofits working together to reduce the duplicatio We are excited to share a holiday collaboration featuring 10 Chico nonprofits working together times to reduce the to duplication of services to to use donations at the right fulfill local nee use donations, at the right times, to fulfill local needs without creating or surplus which ultimately allows us to stretch donor allows dollars creating waste orwaste surplus which ultimately us further! Our agency needs: donor dollars further! Our agency needs: • Boys & Girls Club—$30 Grocery Outlet or Payless Shoes Card

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Jesus Center - • Flannels for adults (M-XXL) & kids Salvation Army—Adopt a Child Angel Tree or $15 WinCo or Grocery Outlet Gift Card (Supports ALL Agencies)

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• School Ties—$30 Grocery Outlet or Payless Shoes Gift Card

Salvation Army• -TheAdopt a Child Angel Tree or $15 Chico Posse Foundation—Gently-Used Furniture or Grocery Outlet Gift Card (Supports ALL agenc • Torres Shelter—Towels & Blankets ARTICLE PROVIDED BY SALVATION ARMY

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Flash forward to today, and we all can recall seeing a cheerful Salvation Army volunteer ringing a bell with a warm smile and greeting. From its initial beginnings, within six years, the red kettle idea spread from Oakland to Boston, providing meals to 15,000 hungry Americans. Today, the Chico Salvation Army celebrates 126 years of bell ringing. Within the U.S., Salvation Army’s efforts annually assist 4.5 million people during Thanksgiving and Christmas. With the help of volunteers, local churches, and nonprofits, the Chico Salvation Army is set to raise $125,000 during the holiday season. Chico’s landscape offers a wealth of volunteer opportunities, but it can be difficult to navigate them. Cyndi Arregui, Salvation Army advisory board member, has been involved with the organization for many years and schedules the bell ringers each season. She described volunteering at Salvation Army as a stepping stone for first-time volunteers who are barely dipping their toes into dedicating their time to a great cause. Ringing the bells this season offers multiple opportunities to interact with community members while collecting money gleefully. Plus, it’s a great way to give back to our community. “Anyone can write a check, but it takes a special person to volunteer their time,” Cyndi added. “When people do that, and they know the money is staying in their community, I think it means a lot more to them.” But where does that money go, and how does it impact the community? Once you gift your generous $1 donation (or more), 83 cents of every dollar dropped into the bucket goes directly back into the community. Funds gathered during the holiday season support 1/5th of Salvation Army’s annual budget. That cost covers clothing, food, and various programs Salvation Army hosts like the Christmas dinner for seniors and the Angel Tree Program.

RINGING IN T H E H OLI DAY CHEER On a cold winter evening in 1891, Salvation Army Capt. Joseph McFee stepped off his Oakland ferry to a heartbreaking scene. The commute was one Joseph was very familiar with, but the daily view of homeless sailors and hungry community members haunted Joseph’s thoughts. His desire to feed those in need weighed heavily on his heart, and he soon made it his goal to provide a Christmas meal to those in his neighborhood. Unfortunately, funds were tight. The solution came to him one evening, and the following morning, Joseph grabbed a metal urn and hung it from a post with a note that read, “Keep the pot boiling!” In hopes to gather funds, Joseph quickly realized ringing a bell caught the attention of commuters, and with brittle, cold fingers wrapped around a silver bell handle, Joseph began collecting the funds to provide a Christmas meal to those in need at the docks. 14

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Though 90 percent of their bell ringers are comprised of volunteers, Salvation Army also offers specific individuals who just need a hand up the opportunity for paid work. A good portion of those who provide their time, ring bells to supplement their income. One year, a family from a local shelter was able to save up and move into their own home from bell-ringing earnings. It’s a popular volunteer experience, and it is the time of giving and thinking of others in need. You can catch the cheerful volunteers ringing bells from November 13 through December 24. “We see a need, and we address that, as best we can,” Cyndi said.






As the sun rises, a group of Chico professionals meet over coffee and bagels to brainstorm various ways they can enrich the community. Chico Sunrise Rotary Club is comprised of 50 members, eager to make positive changes. Since 2002, the group of local professionals have joined together and made literacy their focus. With a motto of, “service above self,” it’s no surprise those in the rotary club strive for only the best. When the organization originally formed, their goal was to eradicate polio from the world. Now, the Rotary club has expanded their efforts. Their shared values have changed the lives of young school kids within the Chico area. Since literacy is the group’s focus, Sunrise Rotary gives the gift of paper dictionaries. The generous donation is awarded to underprivileged children who typically do not have books in their home or electronic devices at their fingertips. In the past, the rotary club has been a pivotal force, implementing various literacy-based projects, but lately, the group has volunteered their time and muscle to building projects. To further encourage the importance and love of reading, the Rotary club created an outdoor reading section for McManus Elementary School that includes a mural, tables, chairs, and benches. More recently, the group raised funds to give the entrance of Caper Acres some TLC. They dug a moat, planted trees, and added a concrete bridge—turning the once drab entrance into one fit for childhood royalty. 16

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The project cost $35,000, which doesn’t include donations of labor, equipment, and materials from local companies including Slater and Sons, Franklin Construction, Maloney Construction, Spec-West, and Sierra Landscaping. Other sources of funding for projects comes from community donations, grants, and an annual spring gala. Tickets are currently on sale for their fundraiser held every St. Patrick’s Day. Ticket price includes a buffet dinner catered by Bacio, beer, wine, and an auction. Chico Sunrise Rotary Club is always looking for new ways to improve our community and are happy to hear your innovative project ideas. To purchase tickets or to get involved with the Chico Sunrise Rotary Club, visit rotarychicosunrise.org or find them on Facebook. The Chico Sunrise Rotary Club meets 6:45 a.m, Thursdays, at the Canyon Oaks Country Club.



Collaborating with Old Chico Iron, to preserve Downtown Chico’s Abbey Road mural, has truly been one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling experiences during my past 10 years at Upgraded Living. Finding a business formed by individuals who not only share my fixation with beautifying Chico but are also driven by it in everything they do, was perhaps the best gift I could receive during the holiday season. I am humbled to call these gentlemen my friends and couldn’t have asked for a better group to work with on a project that was so near and dear to my heart. It is that same bonding friendship that initially brought Old Chico Iron’s owners, Grant Stephens and Tim Buckner, together to create a metalwork business rooted in the heart rather than the pursuit of money.


meticulously training him for a career he would be more than ready for, long before graduating from high school. When 1998 rolled around, and his high school years came to a close, the welding field was a no-brainer. Grant took up a position welding at a local metal shop right out of high school, working on various projects for individuals and businesses throughout Chico. In 2001, he met Tim Buckner, a Chico transplant who shared his passion for mountain biking and general disregard for the fragile nature of one’s body. The two became friends instantly and took every opportunity to tear through any mountain bike trail Chico had to offer. When they had exhausted all of their options, they decided to build a mountain bike trail of their own.

Born at Enloe Medical Center in 1980, Grant is a fifth-generation Chicoan. It could be said that his childhood was less than conventional. While friends were running around playing in the streets, Grant was learning how to weld. His grandfather, Albert Stone, was a machine shop operator in Richvale and believed that 6 was the perfect age for Grant to begin his welding apprenticeship. As a man who grew up with eight other siblings in a single room house in Dayton, Albert quickly learned nothing came for free, and he was intent on imparting that wisdom to Grant.

Young and brash, Grant and Tim headed up to Garland Road in Forest Ranch and began carving out trails in what seemed like vacant forest land. The further in they went, the more intricate the trails became, and nothing was off limits. They climbed trees and used them to add layers of difficulty, moved no shortage of earth, and built what any mountain biker would have deemed a slice of heaven. Over three years, the two developed a significant portion of the forested area west of Highway 32, until the track finally grew too large and attracted the eye of authorities. As it turned out, the land was owned by the United State Government and was under the supervision of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The two had a nerve-racking meeting with the land magistrate and, though it could have turned out much worse, they were slapped with a couple of thousand dollars in fines and tasked with returning the land to its original state. Grant and Tim spent the next year of their lives doing just that.

Welding became a form of currency for the two; if Grant wanted lunch money or funds for a new mountain bike, Albert was quick to oblige, but not without requiring some welding work first. This form of business between the two lasted throughout Grant’s childhood and even continued after Albert took up the foreman position at Rancho Llano Seco. Unbeknownst to Grant at the time, his grandfather was

When they weren’t repairing the track, they were traveling to find the next great mountain biking destination. At the end of one of these trips in 2004, Tim’s truck fell apart, and they towed it back to his house. Grant brought a welder over and fixed the broken parts himself. It was Tim’s first exposure to welding; between the inherent danger, sparks, and benefit the skill provided, Tim was hooked; he signed up for a night

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welding class at Butte College while studying political science at Chico State University. Eventually, he realized welding was considerably more enjoyable than what he was studying at Chico State, so he left the world of political science behind and decided to focus solely on welding. After a few years, Grant and Tim found themselves on different paths. Grant found his way to the East Bay and began working on the massive Bay Area pipeline construction project for East Bay Mud. Tim moved to Southern California and began welding full-time, eventually finding his way into welding inspection. He went to school to study inspection law, received his necessary licenses, and began doing inspections through American Welding Society for major structural elements, ensuring that construction met seismic requirements. Though the two were in wildly different parts of California, they both grew weary of the same two things: insane traffic and lack of trees; they missed home, and both moved back to Chico in 2010.

receptionist desk at ZAK Scooters on Nord Avenue, and projects for The Banshee, The Handlebar, and The Electric Lounge. Where residential projects are concerned, they work closely with a number of reputable contractors and engineering firms including Alive Engineering and Eric Enns’ Dream Development Company. Those collaborations have resulted in countless projects for homes in the Canyon Oaks area. They also recently completed a giant custom-welded stair set with patiostyle landing for a home on Liberty Lane and an ornate privacy wall for one of Downtown Chico’s private second story lofts. Over the years, the guys have built a reputation for incredible work not just locally, but abroad as well. A collaboration with Jay Nelson, a famed wood artist in San Francisco, resulted in wood and steel showcase Subaru Brat for Subaru of America. More recently, they were commissioned to create a fireball for former San Francisco Giants’ pitcher turned coach, Dave “Rags” Righetti. It was this reputation that brought about the collaboration with myself and Formal Education to preserve a Downtown Chico icon.

They fell back into their natural rhythm and began discussing ideas for the shop they would someday own together. During one of these discussions, the two went out for a drive and happened to the perfect location. Grant had been doing side jobs for his contractor friends for a long time, and he and Tim were both in need of space for their projects. They both wanted to have an outlet to be creative, and the location would give them the opportunity to work on their vehicles, make furniture, and weld whatever came into their mind on any given day. Out of necessity—an excuse most of us guys use when we just want something, like tools or truck—the two contacted the building owner for a tour of the space. As most classic, small-town Chico connections go, the owner also happened to be a mountain biking fanatic. They talked for hours about their individual biking experiences before realizing they were there for business. They signed the lease, and Old Chico Iron was born. Since opening the shop in August of 2015, Grant and Tim have created a good deal of recognizable pieces around town and helped some business owners better realize their vision. Some of their more notable pieces include the bar soffit at Downtown Chico’s new Parkside Taphouse, the beer tap assembly and benches at Naked Lounge, the 19

techniques, and creative touches. Admittedly, I know next to nothing about welding, so most of what was said was lost on me, but by the time I left, the guys were ready to get started on the project. While sitting in on their discussion, it was refreshing to witness everyone not only listening intently to each other but also be able to craft the same vision in tandem. Not only was everyone onboard with the idea, but they were excited, and that excitement was contagious. During the two months that followed, Grant invited me to Old Chico Iron every other week to view the project’s process. We discussed options at each stage, but aside from our specific needs for Formal Education’s operation, there was no sense in impeding any creativity. The team worked tirelessly throughout that two month period and, as promised, delivered the gate exactly on schedule. I could go on and on regarding my personal feelings about it, but I believe the entrance speaks for itself. To say I’m honored to have it in front of Formal Education, at 127 Main St, is an understatement.


Change is inevitable, but some changes are more difficult to appreciate than others. When I heard that Will Brady, owner of B Street Public House and Banshee, was planning to open his new restaurant, Bill’s Town Lounge, on Main Street, moving Formal Education from one of Downtown Chico’s busiest blocks to one of its slowest was an easy decision. His bar-restaurants have a way of single-handedly revitalizing entire blocks, bringing new foot traffic to areas that were in decline. The Banshee did it for the north side of Second Street, B Street did the same for the east side of the entrance to Broadway, and I had no doubt Bill’s will do the same for the east side of the exit from Main Street. Naturally, we were excited to be part of that revitalization. Unfortunately, positive change often comes at the hand of sacrifice, and it later became apparent that a restaurant at the old Main Street Music location would require such a sacrifice. As the building is encased on three sides by other buildings, the only location for an emergency exit would be through the facade; the only site that would work in the plans was through Gregg Payne’s 20-year-old Abbey Road mural on the north side of the building. On the one hand, you have a new restaurant that provides 20 new jobs and revitalizes an area of Downtown Chico in noticeable decline; on the other, you have an iconic 20-year-old Downtown Chico mural. Regardless of the option you choose to support—whether economy or art—it’s undeniable that both are valuable. Will and I spoke at length on numerous occasions regarding the mural and what could be done to preserve it but, other than merely repainting it elsewhere; there was no way to keep the original. He offered to support whatever decision I made on how best to preserve it and, having an entrance gate six feet to the left of the mural; I decided to reach out to Old Chico Iron. I met with Grant and Tim at their welding shop off of Meyers Street September 13th and pitched the idea for an Abbey Road-inspired gate. Grant’s eyes lit up immediately. They called their metal painter, Ryan Davidson, and local metal artist, Rustworthy, over to the table to join the discussion. Within 15 minutes, and a few clarifying questions, they had all that they needed from me. The team began discussing the project amongst themselves, weighing the options for various metals, 20

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Built from hot and cold rolled steel, the 750-pound Abbey Road gate is stunning, and the team at Old Chico Iron managed to beautifully maintain the integrity and artistic flair of Gregg Payne’s original mural. Perhaps most impressive, not a single drop of paint was used to provide color for the gate. The blue denim suit worn by George Harrison was achieved by torching the metal to just over 700 degrees. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr’s outfit colors were created by rusting each—exposing one to acid and the other to a caustic base. Finally, John Lennon’s white suit was realized by applying a grained bright finish to the cold rolled steel. The skin tone of each Beatle was individually bead blasted into the metal. Built to withstand whatever Mother Nature has to throw at it, the gate stands as a heartfelt tribute to a work of art that holds a place in many a Chicoan’s hearts. As the mural’s original artist put it, “Great creative solution […] 20 years was a good run for the mural, but this preserves the spirit and should last longer.”

they’re looking to start their new in-shop welding classes, called Arcs and Ales, that closely mirrors the successful Painted Vino program. Naturally, you’ll likely find us at each one. When it comes to running a successful business, you have to be in love with what you do, and there are few people I have met over the years who are as passionate about what they do, like the guys at Old Chico Iron. Humble to a fault, the team couldn’t be more enjoyable to collaborate with on such a neat project. If you have a project, or just need some advice, their doors are wide open, and they’re more than happy to meet with you to discuss it. With Grant’s children being the sixth generation Chicoans and Tim’s being second, they are both committed to preserving Chico and providing it to their kids in a manner they can be proud of. With the reputation their team is building through their work around town, I have no doubt they’ll succeed in doing just that.


The Abbey Road gate isn’t Old Chico Iron’s first work of preservation for Chico; they helped to restore the El Rey Theatre earlier this year and, since then, preserving Chico’s icons has become a bit of an obsession for them. The gate is the first of 12 different art pieces they are currently planning for our city, each commemorating a part of their hometown that has a special place in their hearts. Though they do run a successful business, philanthropy and giving are the core values that drive every member of the Old Chico Iron team. They’re currently in talks with the Museum of Northern California Art (MONCA) on another local project and are looking forward to the opportunity to help the soon-to-open Chico Children’s Museum with whatever they may need. Passion projects, like the revitalizing of Caper Acres, are often discussed within the group, and the enthusiasm expressed is reason enough to jump onboard. It’s clear that while funding is always an important factor in business, the heart is what matters here. During the next few months, Grant and Tim will launch the next exciting phase of their business, a retail supply store in the building adjacent to their metal shop. The company will provide homeowners, contractors, and DIYers a location to buy the most commonly purchased steel at a fraction of the price found at big box stores. More importantly, shoppers will be supporting a local business and purchasing from a source that not only sells the product but uses it on a daily basis and can provide education to back it up. Alongside the new retail outlet, 21


When Kelsey graduated high school in 2005, she was ready for a change. She left the small community behind and moved to Seattle, Washington, hoping to be inspired and discover herself. She began working for Gene Juarez Salons, eventually taking over as salon manager for a 90-person salon in Downtown Seattle. She remained there for four years, learning to not only manage the day-to-day operations of the salon, but the myriad of personalities as well. Kelsey’s father was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. Wanting to care for him, she left her life in Seattle and moved back to Northern California. The next few years were difficult, and his passing made it more so. The experience left her lost and unsure of her own purpose. She began searching for new direction, eventually landing on a Craigslist’s job post by North Valley Eye Care. She applied for the job, had one interview, and was hired as their new receptionist. Over the four years that followed, Kelsey moved up the ranks at North Valley Eye Care, assisting in their marketing efforts, taking over as front desk supervisor, and eventually earning the position of practice manager—an assignment which utilizes many of skills she honed while working at the salon in Seattle. In addition to making excellent patient care her number one priority, Kelsey manages staff scheduling, is the first point of contact for IT issues, handles the doctors’ personal schedules, and acts as the go-between for administration, staff, and doctors. As a people-pleaser, Kelsey couldn’t be happier to have found a perfectly-crafted opportunity that gave her the direction she needed when she needed it most. She’s excited about her career and to be a part of something that is constantly growing to better serve the community. From talking with the doctors and the rest of the staff, they’re just as excited to have her, and we can certainly understand why. IF YOU’RE IN NEED OF EYE CARE OR WANT MORE INFORMATION ON NORTH VALLEY EYE CARE’S COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITIES IT SERVES AND BEYOND, CALL 530.891.1900 OR VISIT THEM ONLINE AT NORTHVALLEYEYECARE.COM.

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Post Office Santas Not all heroes wear capes. In this case, those at the Chico Post Office don their postal blues, delivering holiday cards and gifts for little ones, by way of Santa Claus, of course.

presents come from the Post Office staff, pulling together to continue this tradition of spreading good cheer to those who need it most.

For many years, bright-eyed, hopeful children wrote letters to St. Nicholas, begging to be put on the nice list. Cheerful requests for toys, books, gadgets, or any other must-have item, written by kids from all neighborhoods in Chico, are colorfully penned in hopes of being delivered under their tree.

Gifts like a fiddle, dolls, basketballs, karaoke machines, and bicycles have been delivered to unsuspecting kiddos. Presents are gifted Christmas Eve, and the Post Office doesn’t take any credit.

With the high number of written requests, Santa has been receiving some assistance from a little postal carrier elf, Jamie Truby. The U.S. Postal Service in Chico has held the tradition of replying to ‘Dear Santa’ letters and giving the gift of hope to children in the area. Though this has been going on for years, Jamie took over the duties in 2009. Jamie takes the time to read through the hundreds of letters to Santa, and, based on the neighborhood and after consulting with the carriers, she selects a few lucky children who will have their wishes met. A present off a child’s list to Santa is purchased, wrapped, and delivered just in time for Christmas. Every child who writes into Santa Claus will receive a letter from the jolly man himself with some candy or trinkets. Funds and donations for the select 24

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What warms Jamie’s heart the most, is the response from the grateful children. An outpouring of 'thank you' cards and letters are sent out thanking Santa and Santa’s local little helpers.

From reading the letters, to shopping for the gifts and carefully wrapping them, Jamie’s work each holiday season is cut out for her; but for the mail carrier, this is what the holiday season is all about. “Christmas is a hard time for everyone,” Jamie said. “This is just the good part of Christmas for everybody. It gives us something to be proud of, and we know we are making a difference for the kids in Chico.”


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and a joyous New Year. May the joy of the season make all your wishes come true. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.® CALL ME TODAY.

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What Goes Up, Must Come Down? Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states that what goes up must come down. Despite this being a law of physics, many investors honestly believe that gravity somehow applies to the stock market. When the market is doing well, we often hear this joint statement from investors and the media alike, “The market can’t keep going up. It has to go down.” If the market were an apple falling from a tree, that statement would be correct. However, the market does not drop due to a gravitational force. The U.S. stock market has a $25 trillion-dollar value as of writing. There are millions of investors, mutual funds, hedge funds, etc. making buy or sell decisions daily. It’s a crowded marketplace. Historically, the overall stock market direction has followed our economy. Within the last five years, we have seen exceptional economic growth, and the market has developed. In the past, stock prices have


been knocked down by a rise in oil prices, a fast increase in interest rates, high unemployment, or other variables. Bull and bear markets are a regular occurrence and are healthy for any marketplace.

population growth, innovation, and improved efficiencies have been a 200-year economic theme. If that continues, don’t expect the stock market drops to last for long.

Trying to avoid a pullback is tempting, but before you act, remember this: A recovery has followed every S&P 500 of 15 percent or more (since the 1930s). A massive rally followed the five most significant market declines since 1929. These returns ranged from 36.16 percent to 137.60 percent and averaged 70.95 percent. During a longer term, the average value of investment more than doubled over the five years after each market low. Although recoveries aren’t guaranteed, cashing out during market declines can be dangerous. If you don’t get back in at the right time, you might miss the market recoveries and further growth. The U.S. economy has continued to grow through history:

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Chamber Elves Gift Guide For a classic host/hostess gift, head to Long Creek Winery and Ranch to pick up their locally-made wines. Visit their tasting room and tour the grounds to admire the landscape as you stock up on a variety of wines to deliver at all your holiday and New Year’s parties.

FOR THE HOME Gallery Interiors has items for the home decorator in your life. From decorative pillows to wall art featuring pictures of Christmas trees, they have presents that will give your home a festive feeling.

FOR THE FITNESS GURU For that person who has been talking about going to the gym, head to Lord’s Gym to gift a membership. What’s unique about this facility is it's all volunteer run, and proceeds from the gym go toward charity work that benefits many in our local community and around the world.

For the hunter, A-1 Appliance has a wide selection of YETI products in stock. Their coolers will withstand anything nature throws at them. YETI Rambler drinkware will keep drinks as cold or as hot as you want— perfect for this hunting season. FOR THE HOSTESS Tri-L Mandarins offer delicious locally-grown mandarins, and they will also pack them into gift crates for you to bring as a hostess gift. Their specialty wooden gift crates contain Satsuma mandarins and other local gift items like jam. 26

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CONTEST TIME! The Chamber Elves want you to win! Check out our Facebook photos from December 1st through December 17th to earn entries into our drawing to win gifts from many local businesses. Check out the Oroville Chamber Facebook page for full details on the contest. DON’T FORGET TO HEAD TO OROVILLELOCAL.COM FOR EVEN MORE LOCAL GIFT IDEAS, AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS! FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT OROVILLECHAMBER.COM OR CALL 530.538.2542.


The Oroville Area Chamber of Commerce wishes you happy holidays! Our Chamber Elves are here to show you where to shop locally for gifts your family and friends will adore. For a full shopping gift guide, hand selected by our wonderful Chamber Elves, visit OrovilleLocal.com.



If you're looking to keep your dollar in your neighborhood this holiday, local shops provide a feast for the senses by creating a Christmas Wonderland with holiday décor. Participating stores include Thomas Ace Hardware, Dove's Gypsy Heart Boutique, Joy Lyn’s Candies, and HeavenScent Candles and Gifts.

We move into the heart of the holiday season with festive events throughout December as our Paradise Ridge community embraces winter in the foothills.

For personalized, unique, and handcrafted gifts, visit A Stitch Above, Sierra Gem Company, Made in Paradise, Paradise ROCKS!, and My Girlfriend’s Closet. Deja Vu, Paradise Antiques, Collectibles and Garden, and Aunt Mabel’s are among the many antique shops that make Paradise a destination for treasure seekers.

Paradise Recreation and Park District once again will host Paradise on Ice, transforming Terry Ashe Park, in the heart of town, into a winter wonderland of ice skating and family enjoyment. Scheduled through January 15th, visitors and locals alike can enjoy the only outdoor ice rink between Sacramento and Redding.

Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce issues its currency, redeemable at 90 local businesses on the Ridge. Wallet-sized “Ridgebucks” gift cards make the perfect present for any occasion and are available at the chamber office, located at 5550 Skyway. Call, 977-9356 for bulk orders—Ridgebucks are the ideal gift for employees!

Once you've enjoyed the brisk chill on the ice, head inside to cozy up with two theater productions. Theatre on the Ridge will be performing "Elf Jr., The Musical," as well as "The Game’s Afoot: Holmes for the Holidays." Tickets for the 2018 season would make an excellent gift! Our pre-professional ballet company, Northern California Ballet, will also grace the stage with "The Nutcracker" at Paradise Performing Arts Center. 28

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With so many events occurring throughout the holidays, your best bet on any given day is to visit our community calendar at paradisechamber.com. With a little planning, you can design a winter adventure in our beautiful mountain town. THE PARADISE RIDGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INVITES YOU TO DISCOVER THAT “IT’S COOLER UP HERE.” VISIT PARADISECHAMBER.COM OR CALL 530.877.9356 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE EVENTS.



Entertainment at The Gold Nugget Museum will provide two exhibits: "The Heritage in our Holidays," beginning December 6th, and an ongoing "Depot Museum" exhibit, "Remembering World War II," a reflection on a 1940s war-time Christmas. A visit to Gold Nugget Museum’s Gift Shop will yield an abundance of holiday giftable treasures.


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Coping with the Holidays Presented by Passages Caregiver Resource Center and the Alzheimer's Association

TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED: • Handling stress during the holidays • Creating new traditions • Tips for caregivers through the holidays

EVENT DETAILS: • Date: December 5th, 2017 • Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. • Location: Lakeside Pavilion 2565 California Park Drive Chico, CA 95928 Registration is required by December 4th. For more information, or to register, call Passages CRC: 530-898-5925



with one another to ensure she didn’t need to worry about anything other than getting stronger each day.

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Healthy Smile It’s a natural thing in life to avoid what we don’t like; it’s not natural when those things consume so much of our energy that it affects our everyday life and health. Much like how the Grinch dislikes Christmas, many people loathe going to the dentist. They avoid visits and put off recommended treatment for as long as they can, or don’t even go at all. For those patients who delay, conditions only worsen, and treatment ends up being more involved and costly. These patients usually visit the dentist when it’s too late, and they are in extreme pain. (No wonder why they don’t like the dentist!) There is a saying that goes, “neglect is expensive,”which is accurate in so many ways, especially when it comes to your teeth. Neglecting to address issues in your mouth will undoubtedly cost more time, pain, money, and affect your overall health. Don’t ignore yourself and try to avoid the obvious issues. Save yourself the pain and financial burden that may make you look like the Grinch this Christmas! DR. CHRISTOPHER LIM Yellowstone Family Dentistry 110 Yellowstone Dr. #100, Chico 95973 530.895.3449


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TIGER When 76-year-old Paula Pimentel-McCoskey found herself transferred to the Twin Oaks Rehabilitation Center, her spirits couldn’t have been any lower. Fresh out of a procedure to stop the spread of a squamous cell cancer that led to the removal of her left eye and a bone in her face, the ever-positive Paula found herself losing grip on her charming and sunny outlook on life. Luckily, the Twin Oaks staff was up for the challenge of helping her get it back. “I’d never been a quitter, but I’d also never had anything so drastic happen,” Paula said. “But everyone there, from the janitors to the cooks, they watched over me, they loved me, and they all pulled me up.” During her three-month stay, Paula underwent physical, occupational, and speech therapy at the center to help her regain some necessary motor skills, like chewing, and to increase her confidence and independence. She looks back fondly on her experiences with these therapists and aides, saying they all worked

It was perhaps the overall sense of care and friendship amongst the staff and other residents that made the most significant impact on Paula, however. After losing her hearing and part of her foot to a previous bout with cancer years back, she had yearned for a social outlet that Twin Oaks helped her find again. “I had really missed being out with people, and Twin Oaks helped bring a community back to me,” she said. “So now I feel I have friends again.” Back at home now and living with the assistance of her husband, housekeeper, and service dog, Paula keeps busy with two of her biggest passions: cooking and crafts. She designs and creates her beautifully-detailed eyepatches (fit to each season, of course), and hopes to soon volunteer leading craft workshops for the residents at Twin Oaks. Paula knows she is still fighting an uphill battle and remains under tight monitoring from her doctors to ensure her cancer doesn’t spread. As for now, however, she is full of life and a never-quit attitude that she credits Twin Oaks for helping her home. “I still see a lot of things ahead,” she said. “But I have a whole different attitude now.”


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‘Tis the season to improve your skin! Among the newest advances in skin care technology is radio-frequency microneedling. It is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that creates a controlled thermal injury underneath the skin’s surface. It can return years of youth to your face by stimulating collagen and elastin—the building blocks of plump, smooth skin. DermBar has the only Infini radio-frequency microneedling machine (by Lutronic) north of Sacramento. The results are impressive and continue to improve as the collagen rebuilds itself over a period of weeks, for up to six months. For maximum patient comfort, a topical anesthetic is applied just before the procedure to numb the skin. Next, the Infini RF system is serially inserted in multiple passes and at varying depths. The insulated needles deliver radio-frequency into targeted areas. Some redness and swelling is normal and usually dissipates in 24 to 36 hours. Changes in the skin’s texture and firmness may be visible immediately after treatment, but results will steadily reveal themselves over time. The procedure takes about two and a half hours, including the hour set aside for numbing. Post-procedure, there is no need to restrict physical activity or sun exposure, though applying an SPF 30 to 50 sunscreen is, as always, recommended daily. There are a lot of microneedling devices on the market, but the delivery of radiofrequency energy is what truly sets the Infini apart from the others. Firmer, smoother, younger looking skin is our goal at the DermBar Med-Spa! DERM BAR MED-SPA 85 Declaration Dr. Suite 100 Chico, CA 95973 530.342.2672


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What’s the best way to prepare for cold and flu season? It's easier than you think. The natural approach is preventative care—preparing and strengthening our immune systems. We all know someone who has suffered for weeks with each new cold or flu, and others who never get sick at all. What makes the difference? The difference lies within the health of our immune system—the body’s natural healing capacity. Immune health begins with lifestyle: a healthy whole-food based diet, a healthy balance of rest and exercise, reduced stress, and regular soul-nourishing activities. Can we go beyond healthy lifestyle choices? Is there a natural way to prepare or strengthen immune response and move into that “never sick” category? Yes, absolutely! Homeopathy works from a deep, energetic level to fine-tune the immune response. Homeopathy can help prepare us for exposure to an infectious illness or, once we’ve fallen ill, natural homeopathic remedies can reduce the severity of symptoms and promote a speedy recovery.

WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY? Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine, developed more than 200 years ago by a German doctor; it stands alongside mainstream medicine in many parts of the world today. The Queen of England even has her own homeopath!

Homeopathy works by stimulating the body’s natural healing ability via microdoses of natural substances. These homeopathic remedies are prepared in specialized pharmacies and are available in health food stores and some more substantial chains. Homeopathy can be used at home for self-care or in consultation with a professional practitioner. The key to homeopathic self-care for colds and flus is to be prepared and begin treatment at the very first signs of illness. A couple of favorites are Oscillococcinum and Coldcalm. For the flu, think of Oscillo as the homeopathic version of chicken noodle soup; it should be taken at the very first hint of symptoms. A few doses are often all that’s needed to bypass a severe illness. For cold symptoms, Coldcalm is an excellent first choice. Follow package instructions and take early, before full-blown symptoms set in. Homeoprophylaxis (HP) is preventative homeopathy, used to prepare the immune system before (or during) an epidemic. In use worldwide for over two centuries, HP has proven effective in diseases like polio, encephalitis, and influenza, and is available through specially trained homeopathic professionals.




Marci Mearns, RSHom(NA), CCH, C.HP, is a Certified Classical Homeopath. For more information visit, ChicoHomeopathy.com.



Even when everything goes according to plan, the holiday season can be stressful. During this time, we tend to stray from our usual sleep and work rhythms with travel negotiations, parties, counters filled with treats, kids on vacation, and visitors. What can we do to make it through the holiday season and be ready to embark on 2018 feeling our best? We have five strategies to help you stay on track. 1. Be a sleep warrior. Americans are chronically underslept. Lack of sleep is connected to increased hunger, higher blood sugars, poor concentration, more illness, and impaired problem-solving. This rest will help you make the best choices for your health and will protect against illness and fatigue. Goal: Get at least seven hours of sleep a night. You deserve it. 2. Keep active. Holidays can put our exercise plans to the test, but we have some workaround ideas for you. Invite friends and family to join you for an after-meal stroll instead of plopping on the couch. Walking after a meal lowers post-meal blood sugars and increases energy by activating muscles. Just 10 minutes of walking after meals can make a big difference. Other ideas include playing catch or frisbee, putting on some music and dancing, organizing a game of football, or signing up for a local holiday walking event. Goal: Work toward 30 minutes of activity each day. 3. Don’t forget the fiber. With all the snacks and tempting foods, whole 36

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healthy foods may take a backseat. Enjoy the abundance of seasonal vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains that are fiber-rich and decrease inflammation. Examples include yams, squash, mandarin oranges, almonds, pistachios, quinoa, kale, brown rice, oatmeal, salads, and broth-based soups. Goal: Strive to eat at least 25 grams of fiber each day 4. Drink plenty of H2O. Water is the perfect way to stay hydrated, replenished, and it keeps your appetite in check. Add a splash of flavor with a jigger of fruit juice or fresh cucumbers, lime slices, or a sprig of rosemary. Sparkling waters come in a vast variety of flavors, many are calorie free and contain no artificial sweeteners. Goal: Keep hydrated by enjoying plenty of water. 5. Holidays and sugar go hand-inhand. If possible, try and eat less than six teaspoons of added sugar each day. Excess sugar intake can cause inflammation and buildup of fat in the liver. When looking at labels, it is helpful to know one teaspoon equals four grams of sugar. Goal: Limit sugar to six teaspoons each day.

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Since the beginning of time, women have been fighting to express themselves. No matter the occasion, the struggle is real and exists in every female mind, regardless of age or maturity. For almost two decades, I have heard from an infinite number of strong, successful, blooming, and seasoned women who are looking to express themselves through fashion but are unsure how. I have had the honor of educating them on how to properly express their fabulousness, regardless of what is thrown their way, and this time of year seems to be of particular relevance to the topic. With the holidays upon us, every woman needs the ubiquitous little black dress (LBD). Get the most out of every woman’s favorite garment this holiday season by taking this "closet staple" and transforming it three ways, to demonstrate its necessity and versatility in every woman's life! When shopping for the perfect LBD, there are universal rules to keep in mind: 1. Fabric content is of the utmost importance; if the fabric is too flimsy, or the other extreme, too rigid or heavy, it will be difficult to layer or wear on its own. 2. Length reflects age appropriateness, and the footwear paired with your dress (e.g. sneakers, heels, and all the fabulous options in boots) play a 38

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role as well. In pulling off the right LBD style, you need to make sure it looks aesthetically pleasing while exhibiting a suitable amount of skin. 3. You will have the option of wearing this treasure throughout the year. Keep in mind, you won't be wearing long sleeves in the summer, and you can always add layers during the colder months. THE LBD 3 WAYS Daytime Casual: Sneakers and an unbuttoned flannel are comfortable but fabulous and utilitarian! The flannel is the first layer which then allows for stacking on more as necessary, depending on the chill factor. Date Night: Boots and a leather moto-style jacket will help elevate your fabulousness, thus resulting in enhanced confidence. Your date will benefit from that confidence too! Formal Holiday Party: Metallic sandals are the epitome of formal holiday dressing. Lots of layers of both metal and pearl necklaces cascading down will complete your sparkle!

B E A U T Y A D V I C E VIA ANNEMARIE PETERS OF KREATIONS For more beauty advice for the holiday season visit Kreations, located in Downtown Chico, 130 W. Third St.




The “Smart Home” concept promises a life full of automated technology that will make your life easier, keep you safe, and save you energy. Options for the best devices in your home are everywhere, and they can be a bit overwhelming. There are many factors to consider when selecting smart home devices or systems that will fit your needs. One way to start is by identifying your regular habits and activities. If your schedule has you returning home each day at different times, a smart thermostat could provide you with some savings on your utility bills. A smart lock on the front door is a significant convenience for those who frequently entertain family or those who have a knack for losing their keys! With so many devices connected to our entertainment systems, smart control over the family TV, DVD player, and media streaming can significantly simplify your relaxation time. Once you know what it is you want to control, narrowing down your options becomes easier. 40

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Numerous devices are available online or at local retailers that can be installed by the do-it-yourselfer. It is all very simple until you realize you’ve installed a fist full of these mini-systems in your home and none of them integrate. Each solution has its pairing mobile application, some require computer networking expertise, and others are simply unreliable. Attempts to automate your home can become more complicated than necessary. For DIY approaches, as well as those performed by professionals, these efforts can become a problem. Whichever route you choose, think before jumping in. If you want to control more than a few systems, a little planning can go a long way toward creating a truly smart home!

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Bringing It Back Home “It’s a funny story,” Terry Strasser said as he began to share how he and his wife, Kitt Strasser, came to purchase Tomfoolery. Kitt and Terry are the proud new business owners of the beloved Downtown Chico store, but their journey in obtaining the keys to the castle has serendipitous sensibility. A few months ago, the two felt it was time for a change of scenery. Chico native, Kitt, along with her longtime love, Terry, recently sold their Ventura home and moved to Chico in hopes of finding the change they desired. Prior to moving to California, the two spent 18 years in Seattle where they raised their children. Though they called Seattle home for so long, returning to Chico seemed like the best decision for them. Upon purchasing their new home, the couple received the previous homeowner’s mail, and in the spirit of being a good neighbor, contacted the owner to return her belongings. A fellow neighbor said the sellers owned Tomfoolery, located downtown, and Terry would find them there. After discovering Susan was selling her business that had been around since 1983, Kitt’s face lit up— the possibility of owning and operating her favorite Chico store would be a dream come true. Not only did the two buy Susan’s home, Kitt and Terry also decided to buy her business. Terry jokingly asked if Susan’s dog was part of the storefront purchase, but the pup was off the table. 42

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Tomfoolery has been Downtown Chico’s cornerstone for unusually fine gifts and gags since 2003. Kitt and Terry took possession of the store October 1st and have been slowly making improvements and adding their imprint to the store. Customers will notice subtle upgrades to the interior and exterior of Tomfoolery, and of course, the same excellent customer service. Since Terry and Kitt share the sentiment of not fixing what isn’t broken, they will continue the Tomfoolery legacy of providing their customers with “a blend of elegance and whimsy.” Same great brands like Hobo, Briggs, and Riley and Osgoode Marley can still be found at Tomfoolery, but the Strassers will be adding more handmade, artisan pieces, as well as one-of-a-kind vintage finds.

Tomfoolery has always been the one-stop shop where one can discover luxurious travel bags and a rubber chicken, just for laughs. It’s a business where people leave with a smile. Kitt and Terry expressed their gratitude for the big move and purchase. They are both thankful for the strong sense of community, friendly storefront neighbors, and Kitt and Terry hope to add to the camaraderie. The two are also incredibly grateful for their staff of dedicated employees who have made the ownership transition a smooth one. “I loved living in Seattle, but coming home to Chico feels good,” Kitt said. “It feels like home.” TO CHECK OUT ALL THAT TOMFOOLERY HAS TO OFFER, VISIT THEIR DOWNTOWN CHICO LOCATION AT 126 W. THIRD ST.

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THE CLIENT It’s easy to get inspired by so many home improvement blogs, television shows, and glossy publications (wink, wink). Taking on such laborious renovations, by yourself, are a massive undertaking. The DIY culture is one Rick Smith and his fiancée, Charlee Stilwell, are well acquainted with. The two moved into their 1956-style Chico home seven years ago. Though they fell in love with their retro house, Charlee and Rick considered their purchase to be a fixerupper. Slowly, the couple began to remodel, room-by-room, updating and customizing their dream home. The two DIYers didn’t shy away from floorto-ceiling home upgrades and tackled the 44

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THE CALL task with a lot of sweat and patience. Rick started with a backroom, moving onto a bathroom and then the living room floor; remodeling the kitchen was next on their home improvement checklist. Their 1950s home also came with a retro green sink, ceramic tile, and stained oak cabinets—all dreary and outdated. Rick and Charlee envisioned something modern, fresh, and bright. Rick, who works at PBM Supply, a manufacturer of farm equipment, started the project in April and worked many tiresome hours to complete the kitchen renovations. With work, life, and an active little girl, the family had their work cut out for them.

Rick and Charlee paid a visit to the New Again Kitchen Remodeling showroom in Chico. They both confidently walked through the door with the idea of selecting bright counters to match their white cabinets and lighter floors. For Charlee, choosing her quartz countertops was a breeze. After spending some time with New Again’s showroom manager, Ric Powers, it took Charlee and Rick only 10 minutes to select their countertops. When her gaze fell onto the eye-catching sparkles in the quartz, she was smitten. Ric’s knowledge and accommodation was a refreshing relief during their stressful and time-consuming renovation process. With hopes to complete their kitchen remodel

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fixtures to cabinets, lighting, tiling, floors, and appliances–it was a chore, but an instant relief when the countertops were left to New Again. With finishing touches and some new paint, their kitchen has transformed into a bright and inviting space. Even though New Again Kitchen Remodeling completes full kitchen remodels with ease, about 50 percent of their installs are counters only. It’s a refreshing reminder for others who want to approach their home renovation projects alone that they will always have a friend at New Again.

Kitchen Remodeling continues to make a name for itself as the definitive kitchen and bathroom remodeling company in Chico. If you’re like Rick and Charlee and have a kitchen or bathroom in need of updating, call New Again Kitchen Modeling at 530.899.2888. As they would be sure to tell you, it’ll be your easiest home renovation ever.


just in time for holiday hosting, Ric was able to squeeze in their installation within a shorter time frame than Rick and Charlee expected. With this undertaking handled by the professionals at New Again, Rick and Charlee relaxed knowing they were in good hands.

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Soaring above the rest!!!! Very stately situated on 82+/- acres of pure heaven you’ll see why this home is just simply one of the best around! From the minute you get behind the private gate and meander up the road you know that you’re headed some place special!! The master suite is just that - fit for a king and queen, a spa like master bath, his and her walk in closets, and large Jacuzzi tub. The kitchen is a chef’s delight and you might just end up being an excellent cook using all these great appliances and 3 dishwashers!!! Granite counters, special lighting throughout the home, and an architectural style that is classy and elegant! Easy to show! Bed: 4.0 Bath: 4.0 SqFt: 5,161 Acreage: 82.18 Price: $1,450,000

Home on the range!!!! This 1940’s charmer is perfectly tucked away in a beautiful setting, enjoying sunrises and sunsets out your window! On over 9+ acres with pasture, barn, and a pond, you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed calling this place home. This 2 story home has some updated features, but has left a lot of the charm of the 40’s in place with built-in cabinets, brick fireplace with insert, and tile from younger years. Large windows and ceiling fans to look out on all the lush landscaping and flowers in bloom. This was the model home and only one owner! There have been many A terrific Michael Galli floor remodeled from$350,000 head to Bed:plan 4.0 updated Bath: 2.0and SqFt: 2,387 Price:

upgrades including travertine tiles, upgraded carpets, granite, oversized lot, built in desk in media room, special color paint throughout, draperies, landscaped beautifully with slate water fall, flowers galore and redwood trees. RV Access on both sides of the house and two master suites make this home a must see! Bed: 4.0 Bath: 4.0 SqFt: 3,166 Price: $429,000


toe about a year ago. Stainless steel appliances, granite counters, plush carpets, decorator lighting, exterior and interior painting, lush park like yard, sparkling in ground gunite pool, newer 10x10 outdoor shed, wood stove, shows truly like a model home. Open floor plan with so many upgrades! Bed: 4.0 Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 3,675 Price: $665,000

A lot of house for the money with some great features!!! Several living and dining areas with remodeled and added on areas of the home approximately 9 years ago! Places to park all the toys with double gates on both sides of the home for this and that, plus a garage. Newer water heater, nice fireplace and kitchen open to the living room with eating bar. Big Lot, Big Trees, Big Value!!!! Bed: 3.0 Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 2,453 Price: $315,000

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Expect to be impressed. Superbly appointed in an exclusive community of fine estates, this elegant home was built to exact specifications with almost no regards for cost. As you approach the house, you will fall in love with the peaceful ambiance of the beautiful koi pond and its waterfalls. The massive, double door entry will welcome you to a stunning residence offering exceptional detailing throughout. This beautiful home features all the amenities one could want, including radiant, heated marble floors, imported Brazilian mahogany pillars, dramatic ceilings, formal room,neighborhood formal dining room, a family by room with fireplace, Intoxicating view! Where the eagles soar, this captivating residence Tucked away in living a upscale & sheltered majestic kitchen with granite counters, doublehome. convection oven, trash compactor, and sits shielded behind iron gates. This home is truly magnificent with trees, here you will find your dream This beautiful home bar. The masterThis suitedramatic, offers dualcontemporary vanities, his is&loaded her closet, ahas jetted tub,builttowering is eating designed forEstate!! indoor/outdoor entertaining and with ceilings, walls of to glass, gleaming woodthe floors, a lavish living River Front Victorian been with almost no regards cost. As you enter gated entrance, and a walk-in shower. You will love the fully-equipped home theater, the wine is upgrades. You will love the generously proportioned rooms, the room, formal & informal dining, gourmetambiance. kitchen, granite counters, you will immediately appreciate the superior craftsmanship. The home bright and has a happy, comfortable You will marvel cellar, andwood the dumbwaiter. A wholeliving house fan,dining central vacuum, A/C units, gorgeous floors, the formal and rooms, the2cozy designer hood,den, 3 fireplaces, 6” interior walls,game 2HVAC, 3 car garage at the feeling of spaciousness, the flowing floorplan, gleaming wood floors, lion-sized 3 balconies, and large room. The homeand 2 water heaters, intercom and security system will keep thismaster home perfectly family room with it’s fi replace, guest quarter, expansive suit, more all onan almost 2 acre parcel. The ambiance is peaceful with features a dream kitchen with 2 full stoves, 2 ovens, pot and pan drawers, Corian counters and an island. The list of amenities also includes suited to you with at allcan times. The backyard is centered around entertaining, with a views of sunsets & city lights. You will breakfast on the patio watching large kitchen lighting, breakfast nook over looking a beautiful 3 heatingpool, & cooling units, central vac, 2 fireplaces and a security system. The downstairs master suite offers an exercise room and jetted tub. gorgeous waterfalls, and covered private yard, 3 car garage, gated R.V.gazebo. parking all on almost one ace the mountain ranges & Sutter-Buttes. At night simply relax & enjoy your master bedroom, along with Jack & Jill rooms, and the 5th bedroom, all are view located on star-speckled the 2nd floor.sky. This home also offers an inofThe total2nd privacy. unobstructed of the 4.0 Bath:3.0 SqFt: Price: ground pool, 4 car garage andBed: a shop that is located under the$749,900 house. Bed: 6.53.0SqFt: 6,236 Price: $799,000 Bed: 4.0 Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 2,5014,367 Price: $487,500 Bed:5.0 4.0Bath: Bath: SqFt: 2,389 Acreage: ~2.0

PENDING The lake is only seconds away from this beautiful home! Tucked away Pirates will squeal & scurry for this hidden treasure! The delightful, large in neighborhood, a friendly neighborhood, immaculate home offers an open Golf porch course,oflake walking trails are provides just a stone throw away from this inTucked a quiet this well this maintained home offers a darling front this&gorgeous home relaxation and a great fl oor plan, high ceilings, large living room, an open kitchen with an island, a stunning home. Tucked away in a cul-de-sac in a prestigious neighborhood, Beautifully located great neighborhood. This immaculate home offknow ers anyour open floor plan, high ceilings, numerous gated porch,remodeled perfect for and summer daysintoasit upon and relax. Inside place to get to neighbors. With soaring 10 and 12 foot five burner gas cookfltop and a double ovens. Seller has made many upgrades ceilings, this home off ers anfeatures open floor plan, generously proportioned rooms and you’ll find an open oor plan, high ceilings, tile counters, and wood this home walls of glass windows providing ample windows for ample sunlight and fresh interior/exterior paint. Its oversized formal living and dining room is perfect for entertaining families and to this darling home which includes all new appliances in the kitchen, new abundance of windows for natural lights. As you step into the house you flooring throughout. Tile floors in the kitchen and bathrooms, fireplace natural lighting, crown molding throughout, bamboo flooring, a cozywill friends.shower The light and airy kitchen offerscarpet a pantry , some centernew island and brand new granite counter tops. The family room opens to the kitchen faucets, head, bathroom sink, newer and windows. fall in love with the spacious living room and its cozy fi replace, with its sunny in the living room, walk-in closet, mater bath with dual sink, separate fireplace with mantel, built-in bookshelves, cabinets with glass doors, The is yard located in the first floor and so two other are throughout nook and3the formal dining room. In addition, this home also offers andmaster has abedroom cozy replace for those cold winter nights. Allbedroom the flooring the house are brand newa and consist of carpet, laminate shower and a tub.fiThe is maintenance free you can enjoy life abreakfast darling kitchen, bedrooms and loft,are indoor laundry, a beautiful on the second fl oor. The yard is beautifully landscaped and off ers a lush lawn, a family room that can be easily turned into an offi ce or a 4th bedroom. The tiles. All the bathrooms brand newfishing, graniteorcounter tops and new flooring. The master suite boastslandscaping walk-in closet, large byand spending more time by the have lake canoeing, just enjoying patio with fountain and Zen-inspired plusdual 2 carvanity garage. a bubbling spa, water fountain, 2 large sheds and an oversize side yard. updated kitchen and bathrooms have slab granite counter tops and custom walking the paths around the area. soaking tub and walk-in shower. So much to see! Call today to schedule a showing! Bed: 4.0 Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 2,029 Price: $409,000 Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 1,516 Price: $279,900 tiled flooring. Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 1,899 Price: $399,000 Bed: 2.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 1,346 Price: $269,000 Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.5 SqFt: 1,739 Price: $309,000

PENDING Two commercial properties. The This home features granite Intoxicating views of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen!! This well maintained Step through theAC entry home and experience the history of this antique Chico charmer. Nested in theacoveted Avenues, first parcel has 1.6 withofathis delightful counter tops, laminate flooring, homehome sits onwas 10 acres of totalinprivacy. Featuring large living room Located in great location near school and shopping center. This darling upgraded 2007 to with new plumbing, carpeting this home has been enjoyed by numerous Chico generations. From its cozy kitchen with granite counters its newer dual pane 600 Sq ft. building structure that crown molding, security system, with a free standing wood stove, a newly remodeled kitchenwindows, with granite counter tops, tilewater and wood laminate flooring, light fixtures, new sinks, toilets and water meter. was also with security new gas heater andheat stainless steel appliances, this home exemplifi es the quality of fineHouse homes. You willupgraded love the was built insystem, 1979 and has been central and air, dual pane granite counter tops, custom cabinetry and newer appliances, this new electrical, insulation, interior walls, dual pane window new roof. The house also got connected to the city sewer. This generously proportioned rooms and the peaceful ambiance ofand this ahome. The lavish living room and the formal dining room of this home operating as a nursery for the last windows, upgraded appliances home also provides tile and laminate flooring, an over sized bonus 25have years. Italso isnumerous partially itand is and and fixtures. This home also has a room a wood stove, indoor waterthe softeners, 2 balconies, held entertained many friends and families. Guestwith must of marveled at rich laundry, wood floors, spacious family house offers fenced, a parties nice yard a single car garage and RV parking. on city services and isin near park pool.large basement perfect foroff your a private domestic well plus well, central room and sparking ground The yard is beautiful and ers a dinning patio with pergola andaashared newly Ag. installed droughtheating friendlyand air, and shopping. This The 2nd is youwine collection and storage! and much more. landscaping. is a parcel home for to create memories of your own. barn/shop, . 4 car carport Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 1,260 Price: $259,500 on .29 AC and is adjacent to the Bed: 2.0 Bath: 2.0 Bed: Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 2,503 2,240 Price: Price: $399,900 Bed:4.0 3.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: $399,900 other parcel. Price: $400,000 SqFt: 2,085 Price: $239,000 40

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As with most financial advisors, Joe, helps his clients manage their investments, but goes further by making sure his clients’ overarching financial plans don’t have any holes. He completed his Certified Financial Planner courses early, to serve his clients as well as possible. Financially, he covers all of the bases for his clients; discussions include budgeting, rainy day funds, retirement savings, term insurance needs, college savings, estate intentions, etc. Ultimately, he is committed to providing his clients with an honest assessment of their financial plans and goals through a 5-page financial plan a layman can actually read and follow. He strives to create an open and progressive client experience, which sits upon a low-cost fee-based model. Topical education events, client appreciation events, and regular newsletters are ongoing so clients remain informed throughout the year, and timely contact ensures that clients stay connected. With the finance and investment industry going through a number of huge changes, he’s excited to continually harness new technologies and pass on lower costs through those efficiencies to his clients.

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Joe Sweeney is a Chicoan through and through. Born at Enloe Hospital, to Brian and Karen Sweeney, he had the value of trust and community instilled in him from a young age. His parents, supportive of everything he put his mind to, were the first to encourage him in everything he wanted to do while growing up. Youth sports never skipped a season, and they drove him to and from games, and never missed a minute of the experience. Joe attended Chico High School where he met and started dating his future wife, Britney. He played baseball for CHS and set his sights on making it to the next level; no one tried to talk him out of it. He excelled at a number of subjects but enjoyed math and business, 50

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which came as no surprise as his father was a financial advisor himself. When graduation arrived, he decided to complete two years at Butte College while playing baseball before transferring to Azusa Pacific to complete his finance degree. Through college he honed his business skills through small side ventures and investing in the markets. He graduated in 2008, married Britney in 2009, and by 2010 the two were ready to move back to Chico in order to be closer to family. Joe began working at Asset Management Group full time alongside his father, Brian, and business partner Reneé Michel. Eventually, the three formed their own team to better serve their clientele.

His team works with people of all professions, but intentionally doesn’t have minimums because they want to be able to help anyone at any stage. As long as someone has an interest in financial planning for themselves or their family, it doesn't matter if they're starting with $10,000 or $10 million. Looking at the growth of their business over the past five years, Joe feels an incredible amount of gratitude for what he has become a part of. He never knows who his next client will be, but feels humbled and is provided with a new sense of responsibility every time someone trusts him with their private life and investments. He counts himself as lucky to work in an office full of some of his favorite people in the world. The strength of their relationships and mutual respect for one another is something he knows to be both valuable and unique. Personally, Joe and Britney love being a part of the Chico community and watching their two daughters grow up here. IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO INVEST OR CREATE A FINANCIAL PLAN TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS, CALL JOE AT 530.342.2900 OR EMAIL HIM AT JSWEENEY@AMGCHICO.COM. THOSE FAR OFF GOALS MIGHT BE MUCH CLOSER THAN YOU THINK.

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We found we needed to replace the HVAC system in our condo so Neil contacted several local firms for information and estimates. We decided to contract with Climate & Energy Solutions to have a new HVAC system installed due to the fact the owner met with us and walked us through the entire project and a quote for the work to be done. When we decided to go solar we went back to Climate & Energy Solutions . We were very pleased with the service from start to finish. Our initial contact with Jason was informative and professional. The cost was very reasonable and competitive with other companies. Installation date was what was promised. The installers were professional and left our property in the same (or better) condition than they found it. We would recommend Climate & Energy Solutions because they delivered on all that they said they would and it was good to deal with the owner of the company face-to-face. 51



Cliffside Custom Originally, from Colusa, Lynn Bottini worked for the telephone company for 22 years before deciding to retire. She looked north to Chico and, as an avid golfer, found the location to be ideal. She moved to Chico, and within one month met Dean Prince, a fellow golf enthusiast who had sold his insurance business and retired two months prior. Each was playing a round at Bidwell Park Golf Course with a friend and just happened to get paired together by chance. They hit it off, exchanged numbers, and have been together since that fateful day. A few years into their whirlwind romance, the two were contacted by a friend who was painting a home in Paradise. The view was incredible, and he knew the house would be for sale within a few short months. Lynn and Dean drove up the hill to check it out, and with no shortage of vision, Lynn decided to purchase the property. To call the home a fixer-upper would be to forego any respect for the amount of work needed to achieve what they have, but once you see the view, you understand precisely why they invested so much into their home. They tore the home down to its studs and began remodeling it from top to bottom, rebuilding it using an entirely new floor plan that required an incredible amount of plumbing and electrical work. The design, wholly dictated by the canyon views, brought the home into an open floor plan with windows providing panoramic views of the canyon. When it came time to develop the kitchen, they searched through countless contractors, but eventually found their way to Chico Custom Cabinetry. We met up with Lynn and Dean at their cliffside home to hear about their experience.

UL: What was the original kitchen like when you moved in? DP: Nothing like it is now. It was right next to the entryway, and a couple of bedrooms were where the kitchen is now—the ceilings were so low; you had to see it to believe it. Everything was old and dated. We had to tear down all of the interior walls and move all of the plumbing to make the new kitchen possible. UL: How did you find Chico Custom Cabinetry and what was it like working with them? LB: We searched through a lot of different companies and contractors before stumbling across Chico Custom Cabinetry. They invited us to stop by so we visited them and just fell in love with John. He was so sincere, thoughtful, and friendly; you could tell that he had my best interest at heart. We told him the house was in the canyon and wanted to respect its location and keep it looking a bit “mountainy” without turning it super rustic. He understood exactly what we were looking for and made the experience so easy. UL: What made this project custom? LB: We had already designed the perfect kitchen during the remodeling process, so custom was the way we needed to go. We wanted an open concept kitchen with limited but functional cabinetry, a bar peninsula, no upper cabinets, and zero clutter. As with everything else, the canyon views dictated the design of the kitchen, and it was important that the sink is right under the windows that overlooked the canyon.


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UL: Do you have any advice for other homeowners looking to remodel? LB: Don’t rush in, take your time, and shop around. Pre-plan and find people you are truly comfortable with. We did a lot of research and planning, and in the end, it all turned out great! UL: Would you refer Chico Custom Cabinetry to friends and family? LB: Absolutely. We fell in love with everyone at Chico Custom Cabinetry. They were super easy to work with, and it’s clear he’s in the business to take care of you. DP: He gets his reward for the pleasure he brings his clients. He took extreme pride in his work, and I was impressed with his nocharge fixes just to make sure it was exactly what we wanted. Lynn finding them was a fluke and a godsend for this job.

UL: What was unique about the cabinets you created? LB: John took the time to make sure the cabinetry was to our liking. He recommended a knotty alder and stained a couple of boards to give us an idea of the final product. We fell in love with the espresso finish as it complemented the mountain style we requested. We told him how we wanted our layout to look and he made it happen, along with some functional space savers like the lazy susan in the corner. DP: As someone who has spent a fair share of time remodeling, I was impressed by John’s attention to detail. The pull-out drawers in the cabinets all used heavy slides with beefy hardware. No corners were cut. He even suggested adding some trim features to dress things up a bit. UL: The kitchen looks incredible! How long did it take to put everything together? LB: John was right on time for everything. He quoted a date within six weeks of starting the project, and he had it done right on time, which was even more impressive considering everything was made from scratch in their shop. He’s come up and tweaked some things—free of charge—to make sure they were perfect, and they’ve been supportive of the remodel all the way through. DP: Chico Custom Cabinetry also built the cabinetry in our bathroom—a 9-foot-long vanity and a 10-foot-tall linen closet. They both look great and were finished right on time. We couldn’t be happier.




theme of your tablescape. This piece will also anchor the vignette, making it more impactful to the eye. If your table setting theme is more traditional, adding a red runner makes for the perfect pop of color. If your style this year is more neutral, you could opt for a natural burlap or linen runner. The length of your runner just needs to be long enough to build your display. However, if you are using the end seats of the table, leave about 16 inches of space for each place setting. When you host the holidays in your own home, you want to make sure your tabletops are easily accessible and functional for entertaining. By using a tray, or another various base, your display can be easily moved if necessary. To get an even more impactful look, get creative with a base that utilizes the entire length of the table, such as an old shutter, dough bowl, or breadboard.

DECOR ACCENTS Bright white candles are a timeless tablescape decor that will contrast beautifully against pine garland to give that crisp, clean winter feeling. Line the candles in an alternating pattern with room for the garland in between each candle. For interest and functional conversation, vary the heights of the candles to a maximum height of up to 14 inches. If your aesthetic is geared more toward a layered look, you can add additional elements such as lanterns or vases with the candles.



Beauty & Functionality The dining table is the heart of the home; even more so during the holidays. It’s the place where love is shared, toasts are given, and memories are made. I've always admired gorgeous Christmas tablescapes, and I love creating my own. However, when it comes to hosting the holidays, it’s important that your table reflects beauty, while still having 54

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functionality. Here is a simple step-bystep way to build a beautiful, customizable tablescape that will give your guests all those holiday feels and make hosting a little simpler!

Traditional pine garlands bring the outdoors in and makes for an easy, yet eye-catching component to any holiday tablescape. You can layer a basic pine garland with magnolia strands and other seasonal, leafy greens like eucalyptus or boxwood. Weave the garland in between the candles and other decor items. For an additional element and point-of-interest, pop in berry picks, seasonal floral stems of poinsettias, or metallic spray-painted branches.

FINISHING TOUCHES For the last layer of dimension, add in sprinklings of seasonal items throughout the garland like walnuts, pine cones, wooden spools, or bird figurines.



Begin with a table runner to coordinate the

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I am thankful for my Mom, for being there for me, and always being supportive. For my Dad, always proving advice and knowledge, and for all the opportunities I have to travel with him. I am thankful for my Herbalife family, for the mentors and coaches who have been there for me to help guide me, and all the friends I have made, not only in Northern California, but also across the country. For Vince and Tawnya, Cline, for being my teacher, pushing me, and showing me always what is possible. Patrick, for showing me the opportunity, that has given me the ability to pursue my time freedom and passions. I am thankful for the Refuel Nutrition Community and all those who have made it possible. And thankful for my fitfam over at Upper Park CF for always giving me that pushes me to do just a little more, a little faster, when sometimes I don’t think I can. Thankful for all the opportunities I have each and every day to not only work, but also pursue my passions of traveling, photography, and living a healthy active life. –Frank Rebelo I am thankful to have a hardworking and loving wife, three beautiful kids and two awesome dogs all under one roof. I'm thankful I have good, constant work and a great home, and that my situation improves each year. I'm thankful for my family's health and love, the kindness of friends, and for the support of those who are in my networking group. Finally, I am grateful for the opportunity to give as many blessings as I have received over the years. –Jason Corona


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Repurposed table legs Spray paint (two colors) E600 adhesive glue Masking tape Slice of wood (any shape) Small Christmas tree and ornaments

DIRECTIONS: Sand table legs to desired smoothness, then coat them with spray paint. Leave until dry, then flip the legs over and spray the reverse side. Once dry, take each leg and glue it to the slice of wood. (Note: This may take up to 24 hours to completely adhere). When the legs are dry and firmly attached, flip the table upside down with the wood slice touching the ground. Place a strip of masking tape on each of the legs, about 5 inches from the bottom. Spray the area below the tape with a different colored spray paint for a decorative touch. After the paint has dried, it is now time to remove the tape, add your embellished Christmas tree, and enjoy the holiday season! FOR MORE DIY MATERIALS AND INSPIRATION, VISIT THE RUSTIC NEST AT 232 MAIN STREET IN DOWNTOWN, CHICO.

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Now that it’s officially the holiday season, it’s the ideal time to start pulling out your boxes of festive decor. For me, what marks the holiday season is getting a gigantic Christmas tree for my living room and decorating it with colorful lights and shiny ornaments. For this month’s DIY project, we visited The Rustic Nest in Downtown Chico and found three repurposed table legs we thought would be perfect to use to create a stand for a small Christmas tree. No matter where you live, this is the perfect project to integrate a little Christmas spirit.

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INGREDIENTS: • (1) ½ gallon Shubert’s peppermint ice cream (don’t worry, you will have some left to snack on while the pie freezes!) • 1 pre-made Oreo Cookie Pie Crust or make your own following our crust recipe! • 1 jar of Shubert’s chocolate sauce • 1 Shubert’s candy cane, crushed

OREO PIE CRUST: • 18 Oreos (about half of one package) • 3 tablespoons melted butter

DIRECTIONS FOR CRUST: In a food processor, crush Oreos. You can also place Oreos in a large Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin. When done, pour into mixing bowl with melted butter. Mix until well combined. Spray a 9-inch pie pan with nonstick spray. Evenly press crumb mixture into pie pan. Place in fridge until ready to fill with ice cream.



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DIRECTIONS ICE CREAM PIE: In a large bowl, stir peppermint ice cream until softened. Be careful not to over stir ice cream; it will melt. Spoon ice cream into crust spreading evenly. Freeze for 3 to 4 hours. Pie should be solid.

TO GARNISH: Place a couple spoons of Shubert’s chocolate sauce in a microwave-safe bowl and slightly warm (approx. 30 seconds to 1 minute). Pour warm (not hot) chocolate sauce into a onegallon Ziploc bag, snip a tiny hole in one corner so a small amount comes out, decorate your pie with desired pattern. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

TO SERVE: Place pie on counter at room temperature for 5 to 7 minutes, cut into 8 to 10 individual slices. You may wish to place some extra chocolate sauce on each serving plate for an extra decorative touch.


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• 1 package Phyllo Dough • 4 cups chopped walnuts or pecans • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 1 ½ stick butter, melted • 2 cups honey • ½ cup water • ½ cup sugar • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS: Remove Phyllo Dough package from freezer and place in the fridge for 24 hours to thaw. Remove from fridge 1 hour before using. When working with the Phyllo Dough, only remove the sheets you need. Keep the other sheets covered in plastic wrap, followed by a damp cloth. Toss the chopped walnuts and cinnamon together. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly butter a rectangular baking pan. Make sure the sheets of Phyllo will fit the pan.

Butter the top sheet of Phyllo with melted butter, then grab it, along with the unbuttered sheet below it. Set the two sheets in the pan, buttered sheet face down. Press lightly into the pan. Repeat this twice more, so that you have six sheets of Phyllo in the pan, three of the sheets buttered. Sprinkle chopped walnuts to make a single layer. Butter two sheets of Phyllo and place them on top of the walnuts. Add more walnuts, then two more buttered Phyllo sheets. Repeat this a couple more times, or until you're out of walnuts. Top with 4 more buttered Phyllo sheets, ending with a buttered top. Cut a diagonal diamond pattern in the baklava. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the baklava is golden brown. While the baklava is baking, combine 1 stick of the butter, honey, water, sugar, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. When you remove the baklava from the oven, drizzle half the saucepan evenly all over the top. Allow it to sit and absorb for a minute, then drizzle on a little more until you think it's thoroughly moistened. Allow the baklava to cool, uncovered, for several hours.


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for? I am thankful to have such loving parents who are supportive in all aspects of my life. I am grateful to come home everyday to my handsome husband who shows me undying love. And of course, I am thankful for my three fuzzy fur babies whom I couldn’t adore more. –Nerissa Quinn I am thankful for my health and happiness. My family and my friends are healthy, and we are all looking forward to this upcoming holiday season. This year was a great year for me, and I was provided with a lot of opportunities to do new things! Dutch Bros. Coffee always brings happiness to my heart, I just recently hit my two years of being a barista, and I am thankful to work for such a rad company, and thank you to Upgraded Living for allowing me to showcase my photography in their magazine. –Michael Mejia I am thankful for many things, probably similar to what most people are grateful for; family, friends, health, my pets, horses, a man named Brandon. I am also thankful for being able to travel. It’s one of my favorite things, and I enjoy experiencing different cultures and visiting new places. Traveling also helps me to be thankful for the parts of my everyday life that are easily taken for granted; such as good burritos, readily available toilet paper, and smog laws. –Michelle Camy I am grateful for this amazing opportunity to work with such a talented staff, covering a great community. I am incredibly grateful for my lovely gentleman, my friends, family, and Zelda. –Leila Rodriguez



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ORANGES As a kid growing up in Iowa, fresh oranges were a rare and special winter treat. On Christmas morning, my sister and I eagerly unpacked our stockings, knowing they would be filled with exotic nuts, fancy chocolate bars, shiny coins, and a big, juicy navel orange nestled deep in the stocking toe. Today, we are lucky to have access to citrus fruits grown locally, picked perfectly ripe, and brought directly to the Chico Certified Farmers Market every week, all winter long, by the farmers who produce them. Did you know those sweet navel oranges are more nutritious per serving than asparagus or red grapes? Oranges contain more than 170 phytonutrients in addition to vitamin C and, because whole oranges have almost three grams of fiber, they do not cause a spike in your blood sugar. Blood oranges are even more nutritious! They get their red color from plant pigments called anthocyanins. The Moro variety has the highest level of this beneficial antioxidant. Add some to your freshsqueezed juice! Mandarin oranges are a category of citrus that includes satsumas, tangerines, and clementines. All have loose peels that zip off easily. Some are seedless, and all contain the cancer preventatives lycopene and beta-carotene. All citrus fruits are sweetest, and most nutrient-dense, when picked fully ripe. Commercial growers pick green, semi-ripe fruit, then use ethylene gas to change the green skins to orange. This process allows for more extended storage and transport, but the fruit never develops full nutritional value and flavor, because citrus does not ripen after picking. Avoid these “de-greened” fruits by buying directly from your farmer!

Refrigerate oranges and other citrus to maintain flavor and quality. Find the widest selection and best quality each week, rain or shine, at our Chico Certified Farmers Markets, in Downtown Chico Saturday morning and Wednesday mornings at the North Valley Plaza.


Citrus zest—the colored outer part of the peel—adds bright flavor and even more nutrients to baked goods, salad dressings, jelly, and marinades. Grate the skins using a citrus zester before juicing and freeze to ensure a year-round supply.


Sohnrey of Sunshine At the end of a long gravel driveway, some distance from Highway 99, is the Sohnrey Family Farms' gift shop. It sits alone—the only building of its kind for miles—nestled smack-dab in the middle of rice fields that stretch past the horizon. You wouldn't know what you discovered, even if you unwillingly stumbled upon it, but perhaps this is what adds to its charm. Inside, the shop is relatively large and with an assortment of goods the Sohnrey family harvests in Butte and Glenn counties, liberally sprinkled throughout. An abundance of rice, prunes, walnuts, and almonds neatly packaged on shelves and display cases are eye-catching delights. Not to mention the selection of almond butter, jerky, honey, and a myriad 62

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of candied nuts, which are a customer favorite and available coated in thick, luxurious chocolate, or enrobed in a limited-edition peppermint Christmas bark. If sweet munchies aren't your thing, a variety of nuts prepared in mouth-watering, savory blends can curb any appetite. My favorite is the soy sauce and wasabi flavored almonds, for which there is absolutely no equal to be found on this earth. The mouthwatering blend of spicy, earthy wasabi and sweet tamari powder coat mix is not for the faint of heart. The almond mix is bold, sophisticated, and an incredibly satisfying mid-morning or post-workout snack for when you’re not quite ready for a meal but in-need of a little protein to get you through the day. All Sohnrey almond blends are prepared freshly on-site by a Sohnrey family member, making each handcrafted assortment of nuts available in several sizes. Along with the wasabi and soy sauce, shoppers can


also find chipotle lime, curry, and even maple bacon flavored nuts next to the naturally unadorned raw and roasted whole almonds. A smaller sampling size of 1.5 ounces are available for those who aren’t quite ready to commit to a flavor, but the big pouch, which is 16 ounces, is a great size if you feel like sharing. If not, and who could blame you, then kick back in the La-Z-Boy with your flavor of choice and an ice-cold Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA—a perfect snack while you deck your holiday halls. If you still have loved ones to cross off your holiday shopping list, Sohnrey offers gift baskets that can be ordered in advance and shipped all around the country for a flat fee. According to Andrew Sohnrey, co-owner and the website manager, some customers come in at Halloween, pick out what they want in their Christmas baskets, and tell the company when and where to ship them. The baskets are then tagged and put in the back of the gift shop to await shipment. With

such a variety of available goodies in the store, it can be challenging to select just one item, but Sohnrey has the indecisive covered with ready-made baskets. These goodie baskets include almond butter, an assortment of their smaller packets of flavored almonds, and one that has dried fruits, nuts, and candies for an elegant Christmas gift representative of the bounties of our area. You can download Sohnrey’s catalog on their website, where it details many more gift basket ideas, customizable and available to ship and purchase year-round for any occasion. Sohnrey products are also found in many stores around Northern California, including Raley's, so keep your eyes peeled!



Food·ie /foodē/—a person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet. When food is your passion, it’s easy to love a job that involves creating, preparing, and serving delicious cuisine to the masses. For married couple, Vicki and Boyd Atkin, food is their life. Together, the “purveyors of innovative and memorable deliciousness,” run Chico Catering Company, a full-service catering company, Chico Beverage and Bar Service, and The Foodie Cafe. After years of being asked, ‘where is your restaurant?,’ while catering events, Boyd and Vicki were compelled to open up The Foodie Cafe with a goal of creating a unique restaurant experience they would love to frequent. With the building block of running a gourmet eatery where only the freshest ingredients are used, the two have created a menu where each item stands on its own, and they certainly know how to make an impression. The inspiration behind their menu stems from Boyd’s artistry for flavor and presentation. Boyd’s thoughtful approach keeps customers satisfied with every bite. Since sandwiches and hamburgers are a favorite among many, Boyd specializes in putting a new spin on these staple dishes. He packs so many flavors in one bite, and everything is packed with different characteristics, making every bite mouth-watering, like their blackberry bacon grilled cheese sandwich. Yum!


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Along with breakfast and delicious options for lunch, loyal customers can experience their dinner menu beginning this month. Meat lovers alike will be wowed by the barbecue specials, sure to rival any grill master. One to tempting dish to try is the 24-hour dry-rubbed prime ribs—packed with flavors—served for Friday Night Prime Rib special. Boyd built a special oven exclusively for searing the ribs before roasting them on an open grill. All meats and produce are locally sourced to continue Chico Foodies’ farm fresh integrity, and sauces are made in-house and from scratch. Vegetarians and those with who veer from animals products can rest assured, meatless dishes are given the same care and craft. Much like their cuisine, Boyd and Vicki created a vibe and environment at their restaurant that nobody else is doing. Foodie Cafe offers visitors an intimate experience, and their space is fashioned from all reclaimed items. Whether you chose to dine inside or out on their inviting outdoor patio, equipped with a full-service bar, the novelty of their decor paired with yummy food is just too cute to pass up. The tables are repurposed from wire spools with plow disc bases, a chandelier made from a 150-year-old door from a local farmhouse, and a pallet wall often serves as the background for many selfies—every decorative touch further expresses the ingenuity of Vicki and Boyd. “We are so thankful people spend their time and money and come spend it with us,” Vicki said. “It becomes very clear and quickly, they become family and friends, and I love that relationship." VISIT THE DELICIOUSNESS THE FOODIE CAFE SERVES UP AT 999 MARAUDER ST. IN CHICO. CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN THE CHICO AIRPORT BUSINESS PARK. 530.433.5539.


Calling All FOODIES!


2017 Gift Guide “Feel the magic in the air Christmas is all around Somethin' about this special time of year A blanket of snow falls down from the sky Voices of angels Open our hearts so we can open our arms And we'll all join hands To celebrate the goodness That shines inside of everyone It must have been a part of some great design Guess it's Christmas time Seein' the face of the little boys and girls Singing their first "Noel" A sweet refrain heard all around the world A song of forgiveness, comforting peace A time to remember, what life really means (life really means) The important things (important things)” –Nsync We have scoured the best gifts from retailers in Chico, Paradise, Oroville, and beyond to bring you a delectable gift guide featuring items for him, her, them, you, and you over there, too!


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Good Luck Socks @ Formal Education

Saxx Boxer Brief Underwear @ Formal Education

Leaders in Leather Get-A-Way Bag @Tomfoolery

Monkey Face Shirts @ Almendra Winery & Distillery

Stetson Vintage Hat Box & Men’s Hat @ Tomfoolery

Reaction Kenneth Cole Men’s Desert Sun Shoes @ Heel & Sole Shoes

For Him

Ugg Kristjan @ Heel & Sole Shoes

For The Home Vintage Birdhouse Trailer @ Tomfoolery

Mantel Dressing Trinkets @ Maisie Jane's

Peace On Earth Plaque @ Maisie Jane's

Ceramic Bowl by Jaya Nanda Das Pottery @ Chico Ceramics Center

Musical Motion Clock @ Finds Design

Who Needs Santa? Throw Pillow @ The Rustic Nest

Large Decorative Vase @ Danilov Home Furnishings

Cozy Throw Blanket @ Finds Design

5th Street Clothing Co. 328 Broadway St, Chico A Beautiful Life Furnishings 250 E. First St, Chico Aicora Gems 1334 Mangrove Ave, Chico Almendra Winery & Distillery 9275 Midway, Durham The Arc Store 2020 Park Ave, Chico A Seeker’s Boutique 6424 Skyway, Paradise Bamford Family Farms 1442 Myers St, Oroville Birkenstock 333 Broadway St, Chico Bobbi’s Boutique 6181 Skyway, Paradise

Winter Woods Glass Vase @ Orient & Flume Art Glass

Lifetime Candle @ Finds Design

Cowboy Up Lounge Chair @ A Beautiful Life Furnishings

Gift Basket @ Maisie Jane's Blown Glass Octopus @ Tomfoolery

Framed Art Embellished With Swarovski Crystals @ Finds Design

Small Keg @ The Arc Store

Custom CA Home Leather Aplique Pillow @ Gallery Interiors

Spanish Porron Wine Decanter @ Eighth & Main Antique Center

Wax Pottery Candle with Candle Stand @ Heaven Scent Candles and Gifts

Chico Ceramics Center 198 E. 11th St, Chico Danilov Home Furnishings 6119 Skyway Road, Paradise Derm Bar 85 Declaration Dr #100, Chico Eighth & Main Antique Center 745 Main St, Chico Finds Design 341 Mangrove Ave, Chico Formal Education 127 Main St, Chico Gabrielle Ferrar 214 Main St, Chico Gallery Interiors 1954 Bird St, Oroville Heavenly Blue Fine Lingerie 240 Main St. #220, Chico

Geode Earrings With Yellow Gold Diamond Halo Settings @ Kirk's Jewelry

Sapphires Set In 14 kt. White Gold Diamond Halos @ Olde Gold Estate Jewelry 14 Karat White Gold & 1 ct. Diamond Halo Ring @ Marcozzi Jewelers

Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings, Hollow @ Olde Gold Estate Jewelry

Diamond Ring In 14K Gold Band @ Gabrielle Ferrar

Kendra Scott Earrings @ 5th Street Clothing Co.

Blue Sapphire In A Rose Gold Halo Mounting @ Kirk's Jewelry

Things That Sparkle

White Diamonds In An Open Wrap Ring Design With 14K White Gold Band @ Gabrielle Ferrar

2.42 Carat Diamond In 18 Karat White Gold Halo Diamond @ Kirk's Jewelry

14 Karat Yellow Gold Ring With Pink Tourmaline @ Kirk's Jewelry

14K Gold Ribbon Pendant @ Aicora Gems Sweet Romance Necklaces @ Tomfoolery

Rose-Cut Diamond Ring @ Gabrielle Ferrar

Double Row Diamond Band With A Carat Of Diamonds @ Kirk's Jewelry

Oval Rose-Cut Diamond With Diamond Band @ Gabrielle Ferrar Two-Tone 18 kt. Free-Form Diamond Ring @ Olde Gold Estate Jewelry

Rose-Cut diamond Ring With 14k Gold Band @ Gabrielle Ferrar

Bracelet Featuring A Pave Set ID Tag Inspired Design In Rose Gold @ Kirk's Jewelry

Rose-Cut Pink Sapphire Ring With 14K Rose Gold Band @ Gabrielle Ferrar

Heaven Scent Candles 6177 Skyway Road, Paradise Heel & Sole Shoes 708 Mangrove Ave, Chico Joy Lyn’s Candies 1183 Bille Road, Paradise Kirk’s Jewelry 246 W. Third St, Chico Maisie Jane’s 1324 Dayton Road, Chico Marcozzi Jewelers 1511 Myers St, Oroville Olde Gold Estate Jewelry 225 Main St. #3, Chico Orient & Flume Art Glass 2161 Park Ave, Chico Ruby’s Boutique 245 Broadway St, Chico

For Her Anuschka Hand Painted Purse @ Birkenstock

Teva Women’s Foxy Tall Boot @ Heel & Sole Shoes

Cork Purse & Wallet @ Almendra Winery & Distillery

Dylan Clothing Grey & White Outerwear @ 5th Street Clothing Co.

Haflinger Boiled Wool Slipper @ Birkenstock

Ugg Dakota Slippers @ Heel & Sole Shoes

Calhides Purse @ Maisie Jane's Rising Tide Wool Set @ Birkenstock

HOBO Sage Leather Bag @ Tomfoolery

Dylan Clothing Burgundy Hoodie @ 5th Street Clothing Co.

Seymour Black Robe @ Heavenly Blue Fine Lingerie

Hobo Crossbody Purse @ Bobbi's Boutique

BED|STU Leather Boots @ Ruby's Boutique

Monkey Face Shirts @ Almendra Winery & Distillery

UGG Bailey Bow Tall II @ Heel & Sole Shoes Henley Ribbed Burgundy Long Sleeve @ Heavenly Blue Fine Lingerie Sleepy Time Ivory Print Flannel Pant @ Heavenly Blue Fine Lingerie Bora Scarf @ Finds Design

Ugg T Classic @ Heel & Sole Shoes

Rustic Nest 232 Main St, Chico Sally Dimas 493 East Ave, Chico Sweetwater Day Spa 40 Declaration Dr, Chico Tomfoolery 126 W. Third St, Chico

Treat Yourself

Sweetwater Sugar Scrub @ Sweetwater Day Spa

Will Leather Goods toiletry bag with Pomp Conditioner & Shampoo, Layrite Hair Styling Cream, and Kent & Bond Body Brick @ Formal Education SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3 @ Derm Bar

Jane Iredale Eyeshadow @ Derm Bar

SkinMedica Rejuvenating Hydrator @ Derm Bar

Redken Color Vibrancy & The Perfect Blow-Dry Kit @ Laura's Wig

Obagi Medical Skin Transformation Trial Kit @ Derm Bar

Image Ormedic Cleanser @ Sweetwater Day Spa

Pevonia LumaFirm Duo @ Sweetwater Day Spa

Stocking Stuffers

Sierra Nevada Beer Brittle @ Joy Lyn's

Monkey Face Gin @ Almendra Winery & Distillery

Poppy+Rose Candle Co. Wax Candle @ Maisie Jane’s

Festive Chocolate Delights @ Maisie Jane’s Wine Charm @ Finds Design

Capri BLUE Volcano Candle @ Formal Education

Vino Rojo & Luna Wine @ Almendra Winery & Distillery

Annie Sloan Mini Project Pack @ A Seeker’s Boutique Penguin Figurine @ Sally Dimas

Olive Wood Range Wine Stoppers @ Bamford Family Farms


Upcycled Designs Kenneth McCall’s first introduction to his craft came from necessity rather than desire. As a hard worker, and in-need of employment, Kenneth replied to an ad seeking a sander and wood finisher. Having no prior experience, his boss took a chance on him, and woodwork became Kenneth’s new calling. His initial introduction to the malleable medium sparked a lasting impression. Kenneth began exploring the world of wood as he learned more on the job, restoring and refinishing antique furniture. After working at the local woodshop for more than a year, he started to take home discarded pieces from work projects, motivated to transform the scraps into bohemian-style earrings. Now, 17 years later, the Chico artist is well known for his work, and his creations can be found under the name, Eco Wood Crafts. From intricately carved earrings to designer, handcrafted tables, Kenneth makes good use of his scrapped eco-friendly finds. His excitement is infectious. The way Kenneth talks about wood, one would think he was expressing his passion for ingredients in rare and exotic food. After every fine cut, he would bring the wood to his nose and pinpoint distinct properties; the aroma was intoxicating. The love for his chosen medium reflects how he uses the material in his earrings designs. The few embellishments added to specific 76

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pieces accentuate the organic material. For the majority of his artwork, Kenneth lets the wood speak for itself, and the details are stunning. “It’s like a geode,” Kenneth said. “You never know what you’re going to get when you cut it open. It looks like a tree from the outside but, on the inside, it’s a whole other world.” Kenneth’s time spent working with wood has invited endless possibilities. Sawdust blanketed the floor of his Chico workshop and piles of unusual and untouched wood could be found crammed in every nook of his shop, just awaiting Kenneth’s genius to transform each scrap. Additional materials for his artwork have come in the form of a fallen tree limb or items rummaged from other local

wood shops’ recycling bins. Working this way limits his material, but it does not define his inspirations. When it comes to creating his earrings, Kenneth can craft multiple designs from one scrap of wood because the earrings require smaller surfaces. It's a different story for his furniture. With the larger pieces, he works with what he has, and that is when his creative juices flow. Between in-lay elements and one-of-a-kind table legs, it’s a wonder how he creates what he does without a table saw. Not having this tool to cleanly chopdown larger oddments, Kenneth sets projects aside and patiently waits until he finds scraps that are the perfect size to complete his artwork. It presents some challenges, but he playfully referred to it as a “problem wrapped in a solution.” KENNETH’S ECO WOOD CRAFTS CAN BE PURCHASED AT VAGABOND ROSE IN DOWNTOWN CHICO OR BY CONTACTING HIM DIRECTLY KENMCCALL@YMAIL.COM OR 530.228.1158.


What are you

for? I'm very grateful for my 13-year-old son who has autism. He teaches me new things daily and shows me different ways to look at life. I'm also grateful for my 7-year-old son who is so compassionate and loving, and who is the best little brother. –Alisha McLaughlin I’m thankful to live in such a wonderful town full of awesome people! I’m grateful for my pet's unconditional love. –Vally Gilbert There’s a million and one things people are thankful for, I have a few. I’m thankful for my loving mother who has stuck by my side through this long journey of self discovery. I’m thankful for my boyfriend of four years who loves every ounce of me. I’m thankful for my friends, who, even as obnoxious and difficult as I am, still let me join them for a whiskey water. But more importantly, I’m thankful for our lord and savior, Beyonće. –Angel Huracha I am grateful for my job where I help others and hope to make things easier for them. I’m grateful for my family, friends, and the ability to take care of my hubby and grand babies. –Karen Acker I am grateful to be an entrepreneur, and to be more available for my adorable girls and husband. –Kelly Johnson I am so grateful for the amazing job I have six days a week teaching art to children and adults. It is the most rewarding work I could have done besides raising my own children as artists. I will continue on this path as long as I am able. –Janet Lombardi Blixt I am grateful for my family! –Jake Nolen I’m thankful for my husband and for what running with Fleet Feet has done for my life. –Maddie Rodriguez 78

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I am grateful for the love the Lord has so graciously shown me through my friends and family. I’m grateful that God has provided me with good health after years of illness and multiple surgeries. I’m grateful for the support my Bidwell Presbyterian family has given through seasons of hardships, and I love the life my boyfriend, and I are about to embark. –Ashley Prestesater I am grateful I have a home, an income, a wonderful family, and I still have the ability to go fly fishing. –Janet Weidel I am thankful for the lessons I have learned in life that have allowed me to grow into the person I am today, and my friends and family who have supported me on my journey. I am thankful for my beautiful children I wake up to every morning, my home, my growing business, and my incredible pet families. I am thankful for the love and peace that is abundant in my life. –Alexandra Kriz Grateful? Yes, for breathing. When I look at all of the reasons for being grateful, I feel lucky to be alive. Breathing is our gift of existence. Life is precious, soften the hard edges with breath! Sounds corny, but fine. –Kelly Desmore I'm grateful to have a life filled with so many empathetic people who have provided me opportunities many others aren't blessed to have. As I get older, I find myself reflecting more on those who have taken chances on me in different ways. It's humbling. –Travis Souders I am thankful for the truth, art, sanity, and tacos. –Autumn Liebel I’m grateful for locally-generated art, music, and media. –Jim Brobeck I’m grateful for fall colors on the Esplanade and those cold, clear mornings at the Farmers Market. I love the first sip of my morning coffee and “welcome home” dog kisses. I’m especially grateful for my mom’s listening ear and holidays spent with family and friends. –Mariana Apraiz-Pauls I sit at my desk, looking out at gorgeous neon oranges and reds against a backdrop of dark green foliage, rain-blackened bark, and stormy

grey skies and contemplate ‘gratefulness.' At a time that we are mourning many ‘losses,’ from innocent lives lost to gun violence, war, and other societal ills to the seeming loss of camaraderie and positive political deliberation, it can be difficult to focus on the things for which we are grateful. And yet, those beautiful colors, made more vibrant by stormy weather, remind me that troubled waters are the ideal places to seek the things for which we are most grateful. I am thankful that I get to spend my days surrounded by the beauty of this region in which we live. I am grateful to live in a community with so many who work so hard to make it a good place to be from. I am grateful for friends, whose broad shoulders and welcoming arms uplift and surround me during difficult times, and whose laughter joins with mine to provide joyful noise across the Earth during happy times. And, I am most grateful for a healthy, vibrant, loving family. And so it is. Blessed Be. –Melissa Schuster The Holiday Season is here! Every year, during this time, I like to reflect on the big and small changes in my life. The year 2017 has been full of blessings and opportunities that exceeded my expectations. I have so much to be thankful for, including my son, my family, our extended family, and friends. I am thankful to live in our beautiful Chico community and have the beauty of Bidwell Park so near. I am grateful for the many traditions I share with friends and family. I am grateful for the rain…the list goes on! As we approach the New Year, I also start thinking about resolutions. This year I will make three New Year’s Resolutions (two of which I’ll keep to myself and one that I will share with you). My New Year’s Resolution is to step outside of my comfort zone and tackle at least one thing that I’ve always wanted to do, but a "healthy fear" (or respect, as I like to call it) has kept me from doing—scuba diving. Life is short! I’ll be aiming to get the most out of it in 2018. Here’s to wishing Chico a fantastic holiday season! –Damienne Diaz Happy Holidays! We are thankful for all of our wonderful readers and community support. We are grateful for you! –Upgraded Living Magazine




Community Christmas Tree Lighting 6:00–8:00 p.m. Chico City Plaza Free Info: 530.345.6500

Animation Chico 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Chico Theater Company Tickets & Info: 530.894.3282, animationchico.com

Handel's Messiah: Hallelujah 6:30 p.m. Laxson Auditorium Cost: $12–$30

DECEMBER 2 Breakfast with Santa 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CARD Community Center Cost: $12 Info:ChicoRec.com/Events, 530.895.4711

DECEMBER 3 North State Symphony Holiday Concert 7:30 p.m. St. John's Episcopal Church Info & tickets: northstatesymphony.org Paradise Community Chorus Christmas Concert: "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!" 3:00–5:00 p.m. Paradise Performing Arts Center Cost: $10

The Butte Environmental Council Block Party With a Purpose 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Corner of Pine Street and Humboldt Avenue Free Info: becnet.org/watershed-program



Little Red Hen’s Breakfast with Santa 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Eagle Hall, 1940 Mulberry St. Info & tickets: littleredhen.org


DECEMBER 31 Rockin’ New Years 5 p.m. Studio Inn Lounge, Chico Cost: $10

The Nutcracker 7:15 p.m. Paradise Performing Arts Center Info & tickets: northerncaliforniaballet@ comcast.net, 530.972.1719 Elf Jr: The Musical 7:30 p.m. Theatre On the Ridge, Paradise Info & tickets: TOTR.org, 530.877.5760




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