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FROM THE EDITOR December arrives every year with the promise of magic. The kind of magic containing power, prediction, and prophecy. It did not take the


changing of a calendar for this area to understand the surprisingly wonderful and miraculous nature of magic. The magic that comes

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with the fact California has its own fire department, and, what a department it is. Butte county has its own magic man who traded his

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cape for a khaki shirt and green trousers, his gun for a microphone, and became the pulse and heartbeat for all of us at each new press conference. The magic of food trucks and volunteers appearing out of nowhere, allowing for the mayhem to be set aside for a moment while concentrating on good food. The experience of a volleyball



where the host team was waiting with new uniforms, individual gift

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cards, and a generous donation for their school. Our beloved local



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needed to address the overwhelming catastrophe.


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We are living a nightmare. The truth is we are living the opposite.

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The antonym of nightmare is not daydream, it is reality. The stark


team traveling to a playoff game and winding up in a magical moment

brewery is turning out an IPA called ‘Resilience,’ with all proceeds going to this cause. At the risk of overstepping my bounds, I wish they would also brew a lager named ‘Fortitude,’ because it is going to take the twins, resilience and fortitude, together for the necessary magic

reality that stems from loss. The loss of houses that became homes, neighborhoods that became a community, and collectively became a town. The loss of lives, all loved ones. And the loss of hope. We may have lost everything. Except the lesson witnessed each day for us watching the morning prep and pep talks from the fairgrounds. These heroes, these warriors, taught us, by example, loss of hope does not exist. They fought a fire that could not be fought. They leaned on each other, struggled with each other, cried with each other, and succeeded.


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So will we. With all the resilience and fortitude we can muster (and perhaps drink), the loss of hope will be erased and those parts of magic—power, prediction, and prophecy will win. The fact that magic is associated with miracles makes this fight plausible. We, at Upgraded Living, wish to thank Interwest for giving up their cover for the one we see now. Selflessness lives in this company. We are moving not just to another month but a new year. I do not possess a magic wand or crystal ball. I, nevertheless, wave my imaginary one over this devastation and gaze into a future with the promise of magic.



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10 Meet Cool Kid, Rocko Shea, an avid lover

49 Mulled wine, Bidwell Perk’s take on this

of drawing and making art.

traditional holiday treat.

12 We give you the how and where to donate to help the Camp Fire relief efforts.

18 Take a stroll through the nine branded blocks of downtown Chico

30 Exercise your way to healthy emotional and mental health.

34 Important information on the feelings of emotion after a disaster.

36 All the considerations you will need before booking your professional nail appointment.

HOME & GARDEN 42 Unconventional Christmas decorations. 46 The joy of preparing and cooking root veggies.


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60 Meet Sienna Orando-Lalaguna and her whimsical ceramic pieces.




62 Discover Kristina Michelle and her high end jewelry with a twist.

FEATURE 24 Our cover story takes you inside the emotional and factual world of fire insurance claims.

50 Do not start shopping before you consult our carefully crafted holiday Gift Guide.



COOL KID: ROCKO SHEA If you’ve really dug your hands into the culture of Chico, you may have established that it is a community of dreamers, artists, innovators and makers. One of our city’s youngest artists and entrepreneurs, nineyear-old Rocko Shea, feels right at home in Chico as he actively plays a part in creating the art that makes our community so wonderful. An avid lover of drawing and making artwork, Rocko has created a fledgling business for himself that may inspire other kids like him who are interested in art and entrepreneurship. Using colored pencils and markers as his medium of choice, Rocko finds joy in creating unique art pieces out of otherwise ordinary scraps of kindling. He began doing it in 2017, after being inspired when his friend brought him a large amount of scrap wood to be used for fires. “My friend gave it to me for kindling—for like, fires—but I just turned it into art”, Rocko says. This last September, Rocko was one of the three kids chosen by the Biz Kids Business Showcase contest for the chance to sell his creations at the Chico Mall for several hours. Biz Kids, an annual business showcase and contest held at the Chico Mall, is run once a year to give three kids the opportunity to create and 10

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sell their artwork and products. For Rocko, this contest was the perfect opportunity, and starting with Biz Kids, he has created a small business of locally selling his recycled wood art, along with magnets, and wind chimes. Dubbed “Rocko’s Rad Recycled Art” by him and his mom, Rocko handmakes everything at home and has sold about fifteen recycled wood pieces thus far. He hopes to keep making a profit from his art as his business continues to develop, and he has found it exciting to have extra money in his pocket. In addition to making recycled art, Rocko spends most of his time swimming, as well as skateboarding. His primary focus, however, is drawing, and he plans to continue to pursue that passion wherever it will lead. Though contests like Biz Kids are awesome ways to make money through selling products, there are plenty of easy alternatives out there for young entrepreneurs-in-training who are looking to start businesses of their own. Local events, as well as sites like Etsy and eBay, allow people to sell their work and make a profit and are great ways to get small businesses up and running. Way to go, Rocko!


How You Can Help




Our hearts are with the entire community of Paradise and surrounding areas affected by the Camp Fire. Please consider a taxdeductible donation to the Camp Fire Relief Fund to assist the many community organizations serving evacuees and first responders.

Golden Valley Bank is creating subaccounts within its foundation for businesses, employees, individuals, or groups to accept contributions and self-direct funding for Camp Fire relief. These accounts will accept donations and disburse funds at the direction of the group or individuals. As an example, many businesses have employees or customers who are affected by the fire and may want to raise funds to assist them in their recovery effort.

Mayhem! Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Upgraded Living Magazine are teaming up to feed those evacuated from their homes due to the Butte County Camp Fire. We'll all be on the Mayhem! Gourmet Grilled Cheese Food Truck serving free meals to evacuees at shelters throughout the community, and plan to continue doing so until there is no further need or until we're financially unable to continue doing so—whichever comes first.

The foundation will create a special account for those funds and distribute them as directed to provide targeted relief where every dollar will directly benefit those affected. There is no charge for this service and the foundation will pay interest on these accounts. Contact bank President Mark Francis or Julia Wilson at 1.530.894.1000 or simply mention the Camp Fire Relief effort.

We could use your help! Each and every donation matters, and the more we can raise, the more people we can feed. Each and every dollar raised will go directly to buying food for the victims of this terrible fire. Everyone on the truck is volunteering their time and resources to make this possible, and your donation makes a delicious hot meal available for those currently most in need.

For short-term immediate financial needs, we have formed an internal committee that considers requests and approves grants on a daily basis. However, our more important role will be to work with community leaders to determine needs and best uses of funds once the fire is out and attention turns to recovery efforts. That phase will be evolving over the next few months and will include collaboration with key funders, local and regional agencies, and direct service providers. Donate by check, send to: NVCF Camp Fire Relief 240 Main St Ste 260, Chico, CA 95928 Gift Card, send to: Sierra North Valley Realtors 1160 E 1st Ave, Chico, CA 95926


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The foundation is also accepting general contributions for Camp Fire Relief. Checks can be made payable to GVBCF—Camp Fire and dropped off or mailed to the bank. Donations can also be accepted through the foundation’s website:

We estimate that each meal will cost $2 so please donate accordingly. $10 = 5 meals $50 = 25 meals $100 = 50 meals $500 = 250 meals and so on.


was time to get glasses and have his vision checked, so he scheduled an appointment at North Valley Eye Care in Chico. During his visit, Dr. Barthelow found that his vision was failing due to cataracts, and mentioned he would need surgery. “You don’t mess with your eyesight.” John said, “It isn’t optional surgery. When Dr. Barthelow said now’s the time, I didn’t hesitate; I went for it!” John had cataract surgery on each eye at North Valley Eye Care, with each surgery completed in approximately one hour from check-in to check-out. His vision improved dramatically almost overnight, and he remembers everything immediately seeming much more vibrant.

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Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, John Innocenti studied architectural engineering at Northeastern University. Determined to secure a position at an architectural firm on the east coast, he enrolled in a co-op program with a proven track record of placing students in their career field quickly after school. The program required five years of continuous enrollment, but when the Vietnam War called, John decided to answer. He enlisted in the military and served in the United States Air Force from 1961–1967. As part of Strategic Air Command, and the 320th Bombardment Wing, John was a member of the first bomb group deployed to Vietnam, and later the B-52 bomber outfit that took part in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Relying on his vision to deliver him through true life and death situations, he quickly became acquainted with just how important it was. Unfortunately, the same perfect vision also exposed him to the countless horrors of war, which affected him long after he retired from the armed forces. 14

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At 29, he returned to college and eventually graduated from San Francisco State University with degrees in three separate behavioral sciences. With a tough job market after graduation, John instead went into the trades, opening a plumbing business with a fellow retired soldier. He married his wife and raised two boys in the Bay Area before his youngest son decided to attend Chico State. Looking at the housing market, John found it would be cheaper to buy a house for his son than rent one. By the end of his son’s sophomore year he and his wife were sold on Chico themselves and decided to move north as well. New to town, John started a handyman service and the business quickly took off. Again, dependent on his eyes for detail work, he found his vision worsening as the years went on. Eventually, he began to see halos around stop lights and car lights. He purchased tinted sunglasses to make it easier to drive at night and began relying on readers for everyday tasks. When his distance vision began to fail and driving became difficult, he decided it

When asked about his experience at North Valley Eye Care, John replied, “You couldn’t ask for a better eye doctor or more incredible staff. They are all so nice! I consider Dr. Barthelow a gift from God. I pray every morning for all of them, and I tell people how he has graced my life. I was given the gift of sight, and it’s something I wouldn’t have if he hadn’t come into my life. Some medical professionals only want to serve a small part of our population, but Dr. Barthelow wants to provide quality eye care for everyone, and I really respect that. If you are having vision issues, you’re shortchanging those around you. Don’t hesitate and get any changes in vision checked out immediately. Vision is a gift, and it’s perhaps the most important thing you have when it comes to appreciating those around you. I can’t recommend Dr. Barthelow or the people at North Valley Eye Care enough. They’re simply the best!”


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Charitable Giving; Thinking Beyond Cash Northern California has seen its share of devastation in recent months and the outpouring of support and donations in our community has been remarkable. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen large donations of toiletries, clothing, meals, spaces to live, and money to help people find comfort and a sense of normalcy as they regroup. A common question asked during these times is, “how can I give?" While there are plenty of businesses starting cash collections, you can also give by donating investment assets. Local non-profits like the North Valley Community Foundation have set up funds which can receive stock, real estate, or other investment assets.


the stock. However, if you donate that to a charitable fund, you would receive a donation receipt for the full $50 value, and none of the gain is taxable when the charity sells it. If you are interested in finding out more, please call our office or talk to your advisor or CPA. We are so proud of our towns, cities, and surrounding communities. We are all in shock, and will be for some time. Thank you to all the first responders, those who are volunteering, everyone helping those displaced, providing meals, offering prayers, and giving their time and money. We are blessed and have so much to be thankful for.

Giving stock is attractive from multiple standpoints: it doesn’t hurt your monthly budget, and giving appreciated investments has additional tax benefits. Donations receive a fair market value, and any investment gains are non-taxable to the donor or charity to whom it is gifted. For example, if you previously bought a share of Coca Cola for $25, and today it’s $50, you would be sitting on a taxable $25 gain if you sold

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Nine Branded City Blocks A certain unique intrigue exists when exploring these accessible nine blocks, containing the gist of the intimate downtown Chico’s array of shops and stops. From West 1st Street to West 4th, Wall Street to Salem, and the wide open Broadway and Main, there exists a “shop for fun and adventure” awaiting scores of revelers who have an appreciation for service, quaintness, and smiling faces. No computer, laptop, or phone screen can duplicate this experience. No trip south comes close to the familiarity of shopping your own city streets. Simply begin your shopping trip at 105 Broadway, meandering in a zig zag fashion towards the city plaza, hang a sharp left, and repeat the motion all the way down to 127 Main. When you complete the menagerie of side streets and corners, you will realize the earlier search for parking was merely a necessary part of the journey. With free meters on Fridays and weekends, this idyllic setting for shopping just keeps getting better. Throw in a parking lot on Wall and a parking structure between 3rd and 4th, and the notion of parking appears seamless. This, however, is not about a single day set aside to shop local. This is not about racing out at the 18

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last minute to fill a need that simply cannot be shipped on time. Neither is this about settling for small town fare and skipping the long drive and longer lines, hoping for the best. It is most certainly about real shopping for real gifts in real places, with real people eagerly waiting for you to stroll through the door. It is clearly about shopping for the very best that any store or shop could offer with the single exception of that unmistakable and comfortable, hometown feel. Whether you are shopping for a hiker or biker, runner or jogger, walker or, simply someone looking for a runway, these blocks got you covered. In addition, the expertise and service, coupled with ample inventory and myriad choices, the experience itself becomes hands on and interpersonal. Along the way, are beckoning bar stools and booths, tables and chairs, ready to give your feet a break. You will encounter cupcakes and ice cream, yogurt, smoothies and juices, allowing you to stroll along with a treat in hand. Of course, a vast array of coffees, teas, delightful concoctions ARTICLE CONTINUED ON PAGE 20



of your liking can be filled, along with a tempting assortment of baked goods to further enhance your overall pleasure. While making your way around these short sidewalk spurts, nestled between the shops and retreats, you most certainly will come upon hair and makeup stylists, a barber or two, and walls with fine art and cards abounding. Of course, if a sit down meal or small plates is in order, accompanied by luscious libations suitable for shopping is your thing, these blocks include a plethora of possibilities for any craving or need that comes to mind. It is the shopping, however, that will lure you down here. These opportunities are equally unique and intriguing offering local fare, creative home spun items, and all the brands you would travel down 99 or I-5 to expect. From Weber to Le Creuset, Citizen to Michael Kors, Nike, Saucony, Trek, Boda Boda, Hayden, Boulet, Tony Lema, RCVA, Birkenstock, Patagonia, and the North Face, these downtown blocks have them all. Looking for Tommy Bahama, Nick & Zoe, Cartier or Sophie Conran? You will find them all. You will also discover a level of knowledge, personal service, and warm receptions not easy to come across


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on a screen or big city hustle and bustle. Intertwined in all of this is the opportunity to browse used books, vinyl and gently worn items to fit any discerning wardrobe. Looking for imported diamonds and one of a kind designs? The intricate and enchanting moments you could spend in a number of elegant jewelry stops dotted along the way, only brings an added enchantment to the day. This entire eclectic mix ensures your experience will go far beyond a shopping list and that stressful search for the ideal gift for that ideal person. In downtown Chico, “shop local� is far more than a rally cry. It is full service business coupled with the chance to chat on the corner of 3rd and Main with an old friend. It is every national brand imaginable paired with one-of-kind items at every turn. It is Wrangler and Steve Madden, Park Hill, and Eileen Fisher. It is sushi and barbeque, cornhole, and bocce ball. It is bar fare and fine dining, stained glass, and magic tricks. It is maybe one trip around the block to find a parking place, and nine wonderful blocks to explore. You will cherish the time you spent and appreciate the fact that all of this is right in the center of where we live.


Why Do I Need a Durable Power of Attorney? Last month, I discussed living trusts and their importance in avoiding probate. Durable powers of attorney function similar to a living trust in that they avoid a probatelike situation, called a conservatorship. In very simple terms, a conservatorship is akin to a ‘during-life’ probate. If you lose the capacity to manage your own finances and personal care, there needs to be some mechanism for a trusted family member or friend to take it over. In the absence of a durable power of attorney, that trusted party must go to court to request permission to manage your life. If you never regain capacity, this conservatorship proceeding can last the entirety of your life. Like a probate, this process is public, expensive, and cumbersome; and the court ultimately selects who will be your agent/conservator. Avoiding this process is possible with durable powers of attorney. The combination of a general, or the “financial” power of attorney, and a health care power of attorney, will grant the same conservatorship powers to an agent you select without the need to go to court. A power of attorney is referred to as “durable” here because its power remains in place during, and is often triggered, because of your incapacity. These documents are all part of a properly drafted estate plan and are something important to discuss with your estate planning attorney. LAW OFFICES OF AARON J. STEWART BUSINESS LAW & ESTATE PLANNING 2619 Forest Avenue Suite 100 Chico, CA 95928 530.345.2212


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INTERWEST INSURANCE SERVICES With the devastating Camp Fire sweeping through Paradise and surrounding communities just a few short weeks ago, our community has been left with no shortage of emotional distress, questions, and confusion. Between searching for loved ones, constantly keeping an eye on fire status updates, and looking for food and adequate shelter, many in our community have taken on a new fulltime job in attempting to piece their lives back together. Unfortunately, this necessary work comes at a time when victims find themselves in a "fog of grief." Still trying to cope with staggering loss, most are unable to also take on the job of communicating with insurance companies, organizing pertinent paperwork, and coordinating with the authorities to prove the loss of their homes or possessions. For those without insurance, discovering where to start can be just as daunting a task, and the outcome often even more uncertain. Luckily, help and resources are available to navigate these waters. We reached out to InterWest Insurance Services in Chico, and they were kind enough to help us put together the following guide for those affected by the Camp Fire. Though the guide is filled with considerable information on rebuilding, local therapist, Lance Ferris, advises, “Not only will this be a time for rebuilding your home and possessions, but your personal foundation as well, one piece at a time. Pace yourself and create a support network of people you can rely on and trust.” InterWest claims advocate, Rob Regur, continues that sentiment, adding, “Find someone you trust and talk to them. Talk to them about whatever. If you’re comfortable with it, talk to them about your story and get the story off your chest. Let someone know how the fire has affected you and speak openly about it. I’ve found that getting the story out often lifts the fog of grief, and allows those affected by disaster to focus on what comes next.” If you’re in need of someone to tell your story to, InterWest has a team of specialists ready to listen, and they’ve volunteered their time to answer questions over the phone and provide guidance to everyone affected, whether clients or not. Simply call 1.800.444.4134 and they will connect you with an insurance specialist that can help guide you based on your specific circumstances.


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CAMP FIRE GUIDE 1a. If you have insurance

1b. If you do not have insurance

If you are a homeowner with homeowners insurance or a renter with renters insurance, there are a number of coverages that are available to help you get back on your feet, find shelter, and provide you with money to move forward. There are also onsite emergency centers and teams/trailers available throughout

If you are a homeowner without homeowners insurance, or a renter without renters insurance, and are displaced by the Camp Fire, it is important that you immediately visit and register for individual disaster assistance through FEMA or call 1.800.621.3362. Butte County was declared a wildfire

Chico, such as those at the old Sears building in the Chico Mall, and they’re offering payment advances to cover necessities. If you haven’t already been in touch with your insurance carrier, you may want to go down and meet with them in person. Move to Step 2

disaster zone on November 12th, 2018, and funding was made available to help assist with the recovery process. FEMA can help provide shelter through their hotel program and fulfill needs moving forward while you develop your own recovery plan.

2. Obtain a copy of your insurance policy Contact your insurance agent, broker, or carrier and request a copy of your insurance policy. A copy can be sent to you via email, mailed directly to your address of choice, or you can visit an emergency trailer as mentioned above where they can provide you one directly. You may also have your insurance policy readily available on your phone if your insurance carrier has an app that supports online documents. Read your insurance policy, know your limits, and understand your coverages using the information below: Homeowners policies are comprised of four parts (renters policies only include parts C and D): • Building: coverage for the primary home or building and anything directly attached to it. • Other Structures: coverage for detached buildings like a detached garage, shed or fences. This coverage usually amounts to 10% of Building Coverage. • Contents: If you took your house and flipped it upside down, anything that falls out is considered its contents. This coverage usually amounts to 50% of your Building Coverage. • Loss of Use: coverage usually extends 12–24 months and covers lodging along with extra expenses while you are displaced. For those who are evacuated, this coverage immediately comes into play. Even folks living in Forest Ranch who were evacuated can use this coverage, whether or not their house has been affected. Often times it can take up to a year or two before disaster survivors can figure out what they want to do with their property. This coverage gives you the opportunity to secure a longterm rental so you can take your time and do just that. Move to Step 3

3. Secure an Advance on Coverages Most, if not all, insurance companies provide advances on coverage limits in times of disaster. In the case of the Camp Fire, many insurance carriers are advancing policyholders 50% or more of their policy limits. Where Part C (contents) is concerned, a number of insurance carriers have made the decision to advance 100% of the policy limits and simply cut a check for the maximum covered amount listed in the policy. The advance on Part C will put money in your pocket and help return some feeling of normalcy. Where Part D (loss of use) is concerned, many insurance carriers are going above and beyond—not only paying for lodging and extra expenses, but even finding the new rental property, securing the lease, paying six months upfront, and furnishing the rental so it is livable as soon as the insured moves in. Considering the local housing market has been significantly impacted due to the sudden demand, it is important to secure a rental as quickly as you are able. Cast a wide net and look for a rental that most closely meets your needs. Keep in mind that you may have to look outside Butte County, as many evacuees are already temporarily resettling in Yuba City and Roseville. Move to Step 4

4. Do a Mental Walkthrough With a pen and paper handy, imagine walking through your front door and go about your normal routine. This works best with a partner. Out loud, describe each location, what was in that location, and why it was important. Ask your partner to note each of those locations and the items mentioned within. As you perform the mental walkthrough of the house, you’ll develop an inventory that will help your insurance carrier determine what was lost and how to best replace it. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t remember everything, as you will not be stuck with the first list you submit. Completing a thorough inventory can take months or even years to accomplish. You can continually add to the list and submit newly remembered items as time progresses. Move to Step 5

5. File Your Claim With the information and knowledge you gathered over the previous steps, call your insurance agent, broker, or carrier, and tell them you’d like to file a claim for displacement resulting from the Camp Fire. For homeowners, your insurance carrier may ask for proof that your home was lost in the fire. Do not be surprised if this is asked, or take it as your representative being insensitive, as proof of loss is required before a claim is approved. If you are comfortable enough to visit the property, and allowed to do so, take photos from the street showing where the house once stood along with photos from different angles of the property. If you are not, new satellite imagery is being released daily that shows the current topography of Paradise. This will likely be enough to move the claim along. If you are an InterWest client, call 1.800.444.4134 and a claims advocate will be assigned to assist with making certain your claims are reported to the appropriate organizations. Unique to the insurance world, InterWest has a fully-staffed claims department advocating on behalf of their clients and lightening their burden under the stressful situations of a loss. What’s more, their claims advocates follow each claim from start through resolution to ensure the insurance carriers are responsive in delivering an expeditious and equitable claim settlement.


EMPATHY It is a commonly held belief that insurance is going to work individuals over in the end. While insurance agents and brokers are not out fighting fires, they are here to help make sure you receive the service and payments to which you are entitled from your insurance carrier. It’s a very good idea to meet with your insurance representatives in person at one of the emergency trailers or at InterWest. Putting a face with a name makes your story and experience more powerful, and amplifies the empathy shared. PAY THE RIGHT WAY Make sure to keep receipts for all necessities you purchase in a safe place. Also, use as few credit cards as possible, so you’re able to keep track of your expenses more efficiently. If possible, limit it to one card to simplify the process of filing the statement with your insurance carrier.

NOTIFY EVERYONE Contact the bank to let them know about your current situation and, if you’re a homeowner, contact your mortgage company as well. Getting your insurance carrier and mortgage company on the same page goes a long way in making sure that everything is being done by the book and in the way that will best benefit you in the long run. The same goes for replacing any paperwork. Birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc. are important documents. Getting the paperwork started to obtain these copies is important. The DMV is already set up at the old Sears building in the Chico Mall to help evacuees in getting a duplicate title. You can get your VIN number through your insurance carrier or past repair shop to prove ownership of your vehicles.

IN CLOSING If you have questions, need guidance, would like a second set of eyes on your policy, or just want a friendly person to talk to, do not hesitate in calling InterWest Insurance Services at 1.800.444.4134. Not only do they have a great support team, but they have a wealth of resources and can always point you in the right direction, whether you are insured through them or not. Most of all, do not be afraid to ask any question you have or request clarification when needed. Navigating insurance is not necessarily straightforward, but with the right people behind you, it can be significantly easier. For status updates on the Camp Fire, along with information on shelters, events, assistance, and giving, please visit



Kirsten Starmer, AIC, AINS, AIS, ARM

Daniel Dimeo, PCLA, CCLA, AIC, AIS

Rob Regur

Originally from Nevada City, CA, Kirsten graduated from CSU Chico with a degree in business administration. She joined Federated Insurance in 2012 and worked as a field claims representative for six years before joining InterWest Insurance Services in April 2018.

Originally from Brea, CA, Dan graduated from CSU, Chico and has been here ever since. He joined InterWest Insurance in September 2015 as a claims team supervisor specializing in property and casualty claims. Prior to InterWest, Dan spent over six years working for Federated Insurance as a claims representative, field claims representative, and eventually a claims supervisor. He has first-hand experience working with catastrophic claims and extensive background in handling litigation.

Originally from Chowchilla, California, Robert attended Barclay College and earned a degree in business before moving to Merced, and later, Portland. He eventually moved to Chico and worked for a local insurance company as a personal lines department manager. In 2012, he began working for Interwest Insurance Services and was transferred to company headquarters in 2014 to work as a claims advocate.

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Final Tips & Advice:


UL: What is something you’ve learned while working with HICAP that has helped you in your own life? PR: HICAP has helped me work with people who are entering their mid-sixties, and I’ve learned a lot about operating with different attitudes and working with various personalities. I’m in my 10th year at HICAP, and I tell people they’re still kids at 65; they have so much they can still do! The experience I’ve gained at HICAP has helped me be a more patient person in every area of my life. It’s really been a gift!


Born in Pasadena, and raised in San Gabriel, Patsy Roarty dedicated a good deal of her life to helping others. She raised her girls and helped put them through college before becoming her mother’s caretaker when her father passed away. She was introduced to HICAP when she eventually moved to Plumas County and has been working with the organization since. Currently, she is the only HICAP counselor—and one of two ombudsman—providing education and assistance to a number of elderly individuals throughout Plumas County. We caught up with her to better understand what she does and why she does it. UL: How would you describe HICAP to someone? PR: First of all, we are not insurance salespeople. We don’t sell insurance. We teach others about Medicare and all of its different parts—we explain it to them. If we hit a snag where someone is receiving a low-income subsidy and needs support, we hook them up with the proper social and county services. Most of all, we assist people in getting medical coverage, and we are able to handle a lot of it over the phone. We refer people to insurance programs that are right for them based on their specific needs in life! 28

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UL: What inspires you to be involved with HICAP? PR: I would say the results we can give to those around us. Many people arrive completely confused and we’re able to help them understand things more clearly. Seeing or hearing them leave relaxed and confident is a huge reward for any of us. On top of that, the confidence they have in each of us is really humbling. I love what I can do for them. UL: What is your “why” for what you do? PR: My mother was 70 when my father died. She was a tough World War I gal and very independent. Eventually, we built a house for her on our property and she lived there 23 years. My husband and I would take food to her each day and alternate who was going to take care of her. Due to dementia and Alzheimer’s in her later years, we eventually started doing everything for her, and the entire 23 year experience taught me a lot about caretaking. I learned a considerable amount about helping people in her situation and figured this was the best way to help put that knowledge to good use. Knowing what people really need from a caretaking perspective and being knowledgeable about the in’s and out’s of Medicare really helps assist people the right way.

UL: What has surprised you the most about working with HICAP? PR: How enjoyable and rewarding the work truly is. It’s a pleasure working with everyone in the office—they’re all so amazing! There’s one director, one supervisor, and several staff along, with a number of volunteers, who all have such great attitudes. Between the teamwork and socializing with others, every minute spent there is such a joy. Getting funny emails and working with people you really admire makes this such a fun place to volunteer, and the thankful nature of the people I get to help makes it so rewarding. UL: What do you do to avoid burnout, and what are you doing when you’re not volunteering with HICAP? PR: I put my kids through college making wedding, birthday, and celebration cakes. Nowadays, I make cakes for the long-term care folks and fundraisers. It’s fun and I’m an artist. If they want something crazy on their cake, I pull it up online and create it. It’s my escape. HICAP doesn’t keep me super busy, but people ask me questions randomly and it’s fun to be able to help. I was once shopping in a Holiday Market and the customer service representative called out on the loudspeaker that I was on aisle 5 and ready to answer anyone’s questions on Medicare! The people came rushing in. It’s a small community and I’m glad to be able to help within it.



Put On Your Holiday Face! We all want to look our best for the holidays. Christmas, family gatherings, parties, and New Year's Eve can all be occasions where we want to look our best. With the onset of winter, changes in our skin can occur due to temperature fluctuations from indoors to outdoors, and artificial heating sources. Skin can become dull and dehydrated. Exfoliation, antioxidant protection, and moisturizer are a must in the winter, but surprisingly, so is sunscreen! 90% of UV rays reach us on cloudy days, and 50%–60% pass through windows. Snow reflection can intensify UV rays by 50%–80%. We have many services that can optimize the condition of your skin: Microdermabrasion to improve skin tone and texture, lasers to build collagen and diminish red and brown spots, radiofrequency to tighten and firm, and microneedling to resurface. We also do dermal fillers, Kybella, and Botox to improve fine lines and the contours of your face. Whatever treatments you choose, you can have confidence that our licensed professionals will do their best to give you the look you want, with little or no downtime. Holiday stress can also cause breakouts, so we can treat the skin with a blue light photomodulation facial to kill bacteria, or laser treatments to help heal and clear blemishes. We have so many options to get you looking your best, and what better gift for yourself than glowing, beautiful skin! Call the DermBar to book a free consultation, 530.342.2672! DERM BAR MED-SPA 85 Declaration Dr. Suite 100 Chico, CA 95973 530.342.2672


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As I have grown older, matured, and changed as a man, so has my attachment and relationship to fitness. When I was younger, fitness was almost exclusively an external endeavor, an aesthetic thing I could attain and then use to bolster my confidence, ego, and mask my insecurities. Over the past thirty years, I have dug deeper into myself, my motives, my pains and fears, and found that the true gold in fitness lies beneath the surface.

2. Immediately upon waking I am listening to motivating podcasts, reading, watching youtube channels that are motivating and inspiring. My mindset is this, as early and as soon as possible, I want to flood my mind with the most positive messages and information as possible.

Understand and accept that we were all designed to move and play. Understand that when we do not do what we were designed to do, when we cease to move and play, we enter in to varying states of depression. Daily fitness, be it going for walks, hikes, doing yoga, pilates etc., are all daily acts of self-care and self-love. These daily acts of self-care alone, regardless of physical benefits, yield amazingly positive emotional and mental benefits. Now, take these acts of self-care away and what are we left with? Self-neglect. It truly is that simple, and when you can break it down in simple terms, you are either taking care of yourself or you are not, it makes the choice obvious. Self-care is always the way to go.

4. Daily activity. Workout, move, walk, hike, yoga, anything physical that you enjoy. It is vital to do this almost daily.

Positivity and good health does not happen all by itself, and positivity is not merely a character trait. Positivity and health are both disciplines and both take time and attention. Here are some practical daily disciplines that can help you achieve both physical and mental/emotional health. 1. Rest is key. Set up times for when you got to bed, and have a “winding” down process in place. Studies have also shown that it is equally important how you wake up. Set your alarm and wake up at the same time, early is always better and try not to use the snooze feature.

3. Eat healthy and stay hydrated. This is a no brainer, but the healthier you eat, the better you feel.

5. Surround yourself with positive people. This may be difficult, but I just do not allow negative people in my life. Be mindful of people's’ words and actions and who you allow into your circle. 6. Focus on solutions and not problems. Notice I did not say, “ignore your problems”. Recognize your problems, then shift and focus on solutions. This automatically puts you into a positive mindset. It is so important, not only in day to day life to take care of yourself, to be mindful of your daily discipline and self-care, but especially in these dark times. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, so be extra mindful of your health, your emotions and realize that the physical, emotional, and mental are all tied together. A simple ten minute workout, a few pushups or squats here and there, making a healthy meal, these are all factors that will add into your positive state. Keep chipping away folks, keep moving forward, one step at a time.




Micah is the owner at MH Fitness. For more information, visit MH Fitness at 2426 Park Avenue in Chico or contact Micah at


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In the aftermath of the Camp Fire, individuals and families have been deeply impacted and affected regardless of whether they were hurt, lost a loved one, lost their pets, or lost their home. Often, we are affected just by witnessing the aftermath of the disaster. After exposure to a disaster like the Camp Fire, it is common to show signs of stress, making it important to monitor our physical and emotional health. According to Dr. Glenn Schiraldi, “The road to recovery and growth is different for each person. In some cases, symptoms will resolve fairly quickly. In many cases, recovery will be a marathon, not a sprint.” Our community is now in a marathon of unimaginable proportions, with an immense amount of healing and recovery needed. As you begin to find your “new normal,” it is paramount that you begin to identify symptoms of stress and potential trauma. Your healing is facilitated by allowing your feelings to surface safely, with pacing, and a level of control. Pearlman, Saakvitne, and McCann identify five primary needs to begin the healing process: 1. The need to feel safe 2. The need to trust 3. The need to feel some control over one’s life 4. The need to feel of value and to value others 5. The need to feel close to others Feeling emotional after a disaster is natural and expected, but it’s important that your feelings don’t become overwhelming. You make sure of this by taking care of your emotional and physical needs as best you can, staying in communication with others while asking for and accepting help. It is common to have feelings of anger, numbness, and guilt, despite knowing that 34

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you had no control over the fire. There may be physical reactions including headaches and stomach aches that are not due to smoke and ash. Couples may notice marital/ relational conflict. Children may become irritable and disruptive, worrying about the safety of loved ones, friends, classmates, teachers, and neighbors. Adolescents may exhibit angrier and/or withdrawn behavior. This is normal. Make sure that you are talking with others, keeping your body moving as best you can, focusing on your breathing (wearing masks as appropriate), and paying attention to your natural needs (sleep, rest, food, and water). It is also important to allow yourself to feel good—small periods of joy can go a long way. If you have lost a pet in the fire, it is common to feel as though you have lost a family member. Often this is a child’s first encounter with death. In Judith Viorst’s book, The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, she suggests to, “Organize some kind of ritual—a burial or memorial service to offer closure. Encourage each member of the family to write their own list of 10 good things about your pet. Take time to compare the commonalities and it will give insight into the reasons your kids loved their family pet.” Above everything, reach out for help, make connections, talk to a therapist or seek peer support, nurture yourself and your family, set new goals, and keep things in perspective. As a community we will get through this together and pacing is paramount.




Lance Ferris is a licensed adolescent and adult psychotherapist. For more information visit Lance at 1430 Esplanade #17-C in Chico or call 530.592.7847.



WHERE. One way of finding a skilled nail

professional is to inquire inside your hair salon. Your trusted hair stylist can be a great source of knowledge regarding other local beauty professionals. Another avenue is social media, Instagram, in particular is a valuable resource. It gives access to the technician’s portfolio, providing images of their work, and very often links to their booking platform and client reviews.

WHO. The most significant factor in

choosing a nail technician has to be their training and experience. The key step in getting what you want is finding a knowledgeable nail professional to provide industry standard manicures. The number one reservation regarding nail services stems from the supposed damaging effects enhancements have on the natural nail. The reality is that the damage happens with the improper application, maintenance, and removal of the artificial nail products, not from the products themselves. The most common culprit is over-filling carried out by the service provider, the nail technician.

WHEN. Next step is to make an

appointment, because the chances of finding a nail artist to translate your vision onto your nails by stumbling into a walk-in factory-line type salon are slim to none. Unless your first appointment is a consultation, highly recommended, make sure you allow ample time (1.5–3 hours) for an Insta-perfect manicure. 36

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WHAT. Booking the right services for

you. Gel polish, by far the most popular salon service, uses the current length of your natural nail to add color and/or nail art designs. Hard gel and acrylic can be used in similar fashion as a natural nail overlay to correct imperfections and to facilitate natural nail growth. Both hard gel and acrylic can also be used for nail extensions by adding desired length to the existing nail. This brings us back to the main point: nail enhancement products such as acrylic systems, hard gel, and gel polish are not unsafe for the natural nail. When determining which service to book, consider and share with your nail professional some of the following: the current state of your natural nails, sensitivity or allergies (acrylic fumes, latex, etc.), how you want your nails to look, your aesthetic (minimalist, boho-chic, hipster, etc.), and lifestyle (athletic, creative, socialite, etc.), and any other questions you might have regarding mediums available. Following these guidelines will guarantee not only an excellent salon experience, but nails you will love to look at and love to show off!




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WE WILL REBUILD The hearts, thoughts, and prayers of everyone at New Again Kitchen Remodeling go out to those affected by the devastating Camp Fire. We will rebuild, and New Again Kitchen Remodeling will be here to assist in those efforts. We would also like to thank all of our customers for their support throughout 2018 and for so many in this community who have come together, donating their time, money, and resources when they are needed most. Thank you! NEW AGAIN KITCHEN REMODELING 2502 PARK AVE, CHICO, CALIFORNIA 95928 530.899.2888


We started to list and provide pictures of all the fundraising and special events that our company, “The Select Group of Real Estate Companies,” with 33 offices in towns like Davis, Lincoln, Reno, and Chico participated in 2018. We work to be the best professionally

in our industry and take pride in guiding our clients for their real estate investments. We also place importance on being active and engaged neighbors who help one another. We completed many charitable events and supported numerous organizations in the communities we live and work in, including the Jesus Foundation, Austin’s House, 14-Forward, Hands of Hope, Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Tahoe Fund, Red Cross, and dozens more. Well...that article is gone because in a flash on a windy Thursday morning, everything changed for all of us. We lost our Paradise Office, our agents lost their homes, thousands of our clients and our families lost their homes and jobs, and friends are still missing. We have been working around the clock bringing in supplies from so many of our offices, and handing out our donations last

Sunday in our Chico parking lot until dark. We are devastated. There are no words to say how this has shaken us to the core. We will rebuild, but first we are here to help in any way: helping to find homes, office locations, rentals—anything! We are your neighbors and your family and your community!

We will be here.


I had written a column a couple of weeks ago that was to be our End-of-The-Year-WrapUp. The article was going to talk about the healthy Chico market and how well the Butte County economy was doing. The theme of the article was how to invest in our communities by helping out with our nonprofits, service clubs, and charities. How to invest our time and dollars by supporting stores like the Little Red Hens, the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, and the list went on and on. In my article, I listed so many organizations, like Soroptimist and Rotary and 20–30 clubs, that do so much and create an opportunity for service and fellowship.



Unique Holiday Decorating Choose Your Color Palette

Nowadays, pretty much any color goes for the winter holidays. This makes decorating even more fun! Have you heard of monochromatic when it comes to decorating? It is so vogue right now. Monochromatic is when you use one color, but vary it by choosing different shades of that color. For example, you can achieve this if you pick green, use a deep hunter green and then add hints of pale seafoam, and even kelly green to go with it. White, black, taupe, and gray are neutrals that you can use to balance the color you choose. Simplicity is best because the more varied colors you add, the busier it becomes, and can tend to cheapen your overall look. Beware of this common mistake.

Plan Your Statement Areas

I feel, as a minimalist designer, that simplicity makes the most impact and feels so purposeful and more thought out. That being said, I always decorate my mantle, main table center, and entryway sideboard, in addition to our Christmas tree. Sometimes I will throw a special candle in the bathroom. However, these are my focal areas, and I put the most attention and effort into making them shine. Think Less is More, when it comes to Decor! Use 42

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only your most favorite and memorable decorations and see how enjoyable a little minimalism feels during the busiest time of the year. Not only will it save you time, but money too.

Decide How To Make It Beautiful

One of my favorite ways to decorate is with natural greenery. I scour the park looking for the perfect branch to use as a centerpiece on my table. Local eucalyptus leaves paired with holly berries, white birch branches surrounded by fragrant candles, all speak Christmas to me. Another favorite of mine is pulling out my thrifted brass candle holders and grandmother’s antique brass tray. Anytime you can add a metallic pop to your decor, it elevates and classes the entire motif. Who doesn’t think of the holidays when using your grandma's bowls or auntie's table runner. These evoke that sense of tradition, and also help create new memories each year, with those timeless items passed down from generations before.




Nikole owns Iko Design Studio in Chico. She specializes in minimalistic modern design, with a focus on structural design. Her favorite thing to do in the design field is help her clients from start to finish, whether it’s a remodel or new construction. She loves seeing the finished product.



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Root Veggies There’s something about vegetables pulled straight from the earth that resonates with me. Brushing the soil off fresh carrots, with their long leafy stems, and crunching into that first bite, brings a flood of memories. Watching my mom dice celery into big chunks and pack it alongside peanut butter for elementary school lunches, alongside my dad who slices sweet potatoes in preparation for the slow cooker, are all delightful recollections. Not only do root veggies somehow connote an indescribably cozy feeling, but they are also the most nutrient dense vegetables in the world. Because these vegetables grow underground, they absorb a variety of beneficial nutrients directly from the soil. They’re “yam-packed” (sorry folks, couldn’t help that one) with antioxidants, Vitamins C, B, A, and iron; which helps to cleanse your system. Combining all of their nutrient qualities, root vegetables are diseasefighting, immunity and energy-boosting superfoods. They are also extremely versatile in cooking and can be prepared in a number of delicious ways. When shopping for your produce, selecting root vegetables follows the opposite rule of fruit—the harder, the better. They should be smooth and free of gashes or bruises. When choosing roots that come with leafy greens, make sure the stems and leaves of the greens are firm and bright, indicating freshness. For those people who enjoy a raw earthy flavor, root vegetables are perfectly fine to enjoy directly from their origin. However, 46

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roasting any type of vegetable further cultivates the flavor and texture. Drizzle your favorite root vegetables with olive oil, sprinkle them with your preference of spices, and toss them in the oven. This one’s for you parents of picky eaters; Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables are an easy and delicious dish, guaranteed to get the vegetable-averse to eat and enjoy everything on their plate. Simply add three tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to your pan of vegetables before cooking, to produce a sweet caramelized taste. Aside from roasting, root vegetables can be baked, steamed, sauteed, blended, grilled, and spiralized. There aren’t many techniques that can’t be applied with this tasty food group, making them all the more notable. Puree carrots and tahini for a creamy dip alternative to the normal appetizer tray. Toss radish, cilantro, and goat cheese together for a fresh salad. Boil thickly cut yams and serve with a kick of chile, ginger, and lime for a Thai influence. With the continuity of the holiday season, there are plenty of opportunities to experiment and find your preferred techniques and flavor combinations. Enjoy the experience! Here is a list of root vegetables for reference during your next trip to the farmers market or grocery store: yams, beets, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, carrots, yuca, kohlrabi, onions, garlic, celery root (or celeriac), horseradish, daikon, turmeric, jicama, Jerusalem artichokes, radishes, and ginger.



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Mulled Wine

INGREDIENTS: • 1 (750-ml) Bottle of Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon • 4 Cups of Spiced Cider • A Dash of Cinnamon

DIRECTIONS: Combine the cider, wine, and cinnamon in a large saucepan, bring to a boil, and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add a slice of orange, and serve. Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon available by the glass or bottle at the cafe. Stop by Bidwell Perk for Hot Toddy Hour and get $2 off each toddy from 3:30–5:30 p.m. daily.


Gift Guide 2018

This very well may be the only gift guide you will need this holiday season. These thoughtful, curated gifts may spark a sense of wanderlust for the traveler on your list or kindle the imagination to cuddle up in front of the cozy fire. The guide features novel, unexpected gifts, certain to delight those sophisticated souls on your list yearning for rich and matchless items. These limited selections are meant to be both practical and sophisticated, whimsical as well as sensible, and most assuredly tried and tested. We hope you get that “I want that!” “I want that!” feeling as you peruse each and every picture on the pages. Happy browsing!

















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For Him

Stone Rose Navy Dress Shirt @Formal Education

Blundstone #585 (available for men & women) @Birkenstock

Saxx Underwear Co. Vibe Boxer Brief @Formal Education

Craftsman Soap Company All-Natural & Handmade Aftershave @Formal Education

G-Shock Casio Watch @The Watchman

Birkenstock Boston in Iron (available for men & women) @Birkenstock

Nifty Genius Pants @Formal Education

Layrite Cement Clay @Formal Education

Johnston & Murphy Shoes @Formal Education

Traeger Hoodie @Hudson's Appliance Center

3 Seas 240 Main St. #180, Chico 5th Street Clothing Co. 328 Broadway St, Chico A Beautiful Life Furnishings 250 E. 1st St, Chico Aicora Gems 1334 Mangrove Ave, Chico Anika Burke 211 Main St, Chico Art Etc 256 E. 1st St, Chico Beauty Eternal 1260 East Ave #130, Chico

For Her

Artisan Made Sterling Silver, 14K Gold And Garnet Ring @Aicora Gems

Spring Step L’Artiste Georgiana Shoe @Birkenstock

Kinross Silk And Cashmere Scarf @5th Street Clothing Co.

Pink Sapphire In Sterling Silver. Artisan Made Ring @Aicora Gems

Platinum Colored Silver And Pearl Earrings @Aicora Gems

Frederic Italian Leather Purse @Tomfoolery Joules Simulated Down Vest @5th Street Clothing Co.

14K Gold Sugar Earrings With Amethyst @Aicora Gems

UGG Ansley @Heel & Sole Shoes

Anabaglish Leather Quilted Brown Bag @Birkenstock

Hat @Maisie Jane's

Anuschka Rain Boot @Birkenstock Necklace Handmade In Spain By Uno De 50 @5th Street Clothing Co. Aunts & Uncles Cognac Purse @Ruby's Boutique

Button Wrap Cardigan @For Elyse

Freestyle Collection Artisan Made Sterling Silver & Champagne Diamond Ring @Aicora Gems

Artisan Made Copper & Pearl Fun Twist Bracelet. @Aicora Gems

Vionic Gemma Plush Slipper @Heel & Sole Shoes

Artisan Made Sweet Love Earrings 14K Gold With Champagne Diamonds @Aicora Gems

Quilted Parka @Anika Burke

Bird In Hand 320 Broadway St, Chico Birkenstock 333 Broadway St, Chico Cali’flour Foods 1057 Village Ln, Chico Derm Bar 85 Declaration Dr #100, Chico Evans Furniture Galleries 2101 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Chico For Elyse 228 Broadway St, Chico Formal Education 127 Main St, Chico Heel & Sole Shoes 708 Mangrove Ave, Chico

For The Home

Decorative Table @A Beautiful Life Furnishings

Melissa + Doug Plush Llama @Kat's Meow

Pinecone Candle Holder @Maisie Jane's Deluxe Chico Italian Dinner Colander Gift Basket @Maisie Jane's

Cauliflower Classic Thins @Cali'flour Foods

Traeger Fajita Skillet And Trivet @Hudson's Appliance Center

Cauliflour & Yellow Lentil Penne Pasta @Cali'flour Foods

Two Dish Towels @Olivarez Honey Bees

Glass Honey Jar @Olivarez Honey Bees

Penguin Decoration @Sally Dimas Art Gallery

Recliner @Evans Furniture Galleries

Decorative Assorted Pillow @Square Deal Mattress Factory

TV Console With Fireplace Insert @Evans Furniture Galleries

2 Cauliflower Plant Based Pizza Crusts @Cali'flour Foods

Chico Honey Co. Pure & Raw California Wildflower Honey @Olivarez Honey Bees Jingle Bell Tree @Maisie Jane's

Aplois Cali’flour Bag @Cali'flour Foods

Inspired Chef Basket @Maisie Jane's

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon @La Rocca Vineyards

Decorative Assorted Pillow @Square Deal Mattress Factory

2 Cauliflower Pizza Crusts @Cali'flour Foods

Orion Outdoor Cooler @Hudson's Appliance Center

Bed @Evans Furniture Galleries 55

Treat Yourself

Eminence Organic Skin Care Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel @Beauty Eternal

Neova Cu3 Transforming Gel @Derm Bar

Revision Skincare Nectifirm Advanced @Derm Bar Rejuvené Enriched Bio Repair Cream @Rejuvené

Environ Youth EssentiA Gift Set @Beauty Eternal

Colorescience Gift Set: Sun Forgettable Holiday Duo + Total Eye ™ 3-IN-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35 @Rejuvené

Oxygenetix Foundation @Rejuvené

SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense @Derm Bar

Hudson’s Appliance Center Skyway & Dominic, Chico Kat’s Meow 138 W. 3rd St, Chico La Rocca Vineyards 222 W. 2nd St, Chico Laura’s Wig Beauty Supply And Salon 872 East Ave, Chico Maisie Jane’s 1324 Dayton Road, Chico Microblading Chico 1731 Esplanade #4, Chico Olivarez Honey Bees 730 Sixth St, Orland Orient & Flume Art Glass 2161 Park Ave, Chico Pure Skin 136 W. 3rd St, Chico Rejuvené 251 Cohasset Rd #240, Chico

Eminence Organic Skin Care Facial Recovery Oil @Beauty Eternal

Cucina Deluxe Bath Gift Set @Square Deal Mattress Factory

Pureology Hydrate Favorites Color Care @Laura's Wig Beauty Supply And Salon

Environ Instruments Roll-Cit @Beauty Eternal Clarisonic Alpha-Fit @RejuvenĂŠ

SkinMedica Award Winning System @RejuvenĂŠ Environ Focus Care Clarity+ Gift Set @Beauty Eternal

Eminence Organic Skin Care Acne Advanced Treatment System @Beauty Eternal

Obagi System Professional-C Serum @Derm Bar

Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Cleanser With Lactic Acid @Pure Skin 57

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Lavender Sugar Body Scrub @Sweetwater Day Spa

Ravensburger Puzzle @Bird In Hand

Gift Card @Mircoblading Chico

Darn Tough Socks @Birkenstock

Ruby’s Boutique 245 Broadway St, Chico Sally Dimas 493 East Ave #1, Chico Square Deal Mattress Factory & Upholstery 1354 Humboldt Ave, Chico Sweet Chico Confections 121 W. 3rd St, Chico Sweetwater Day Spa 40 Declaration Dr #100, Chico Tomfoolery 126 W. 3rd St, Chico The Watchman 130 W. 3rd St, Chico

Capri Blue Volcano Candle @3 Seas

Klean Kanteen Insulated Water Bottle @Maisie Jane's



Whimsical Pieces With A Twist Ceramicist and sculptor Sienna OrlandoLalaguna creates whimsical sculptures and functional kitchenware with a cosmic and botanical twist. The NorCal native fell in love with the tactile aspect of working with clay almost twenty years ago, when she took a community college class in ceramics. In 2005, she took the plunge and enrolled at Chico State, where she studied ceramics and pottery with an emphasis in sculpture. The program not only taught Sienna how to talk about her work as art as opposed to craft but also gave her the opportunity to experiment with form—cutting apart, layering, and abstracting her pieces to create “spacey botanical sculptures with a cosmic feel.” After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Sienna designed a line of specialty kitchen items inspired by her love for cooking. A professionally trained chef who spent several years in the culinary business, Sienna is passionate about the farm to table movement and grows a lot of her own food. With so many wonderful homegrown, local, and seasonal foods in her kitchen, Sienna was inspired to create beautiful objects to be used in preparing, preserving, and serving these foods, a process she refers to as “urban homesteading.” From juicers and cheese strainers to fermentation crocks and weights, Sienna’s ceramic kitchenware 60

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is both beautiful and functional. “It has to work,” Sienna says. “It has to be approved by me. It can’t just be pretty. It has to do its job.” In both her pottery and her sculpture work, Sienna draws inspiration from nature, folkware designs, and outer space. In her work, which she describes as “feminine,” Sienna utilizes pastel colors—such as whites and pinks—along with earthy colors taken from the natural world. She enjoys adding simple folkware designs to her pottery, including patterns and symbology such as pyramids and moons. Finally, Sienna often adds subtle suggestions of the cosmos. For example, in her pottery, she might finish a piece with an atmospheric glaze reminiscent of the night sky, or include simple motifs like stars or moons. A dedicated artist, the biggest challenge for Sienna is finding time to spend on her art. As a mother of two small children who also holds down a desk job, she works hard to keep up with firing cycles, maintain inventory for her Etsy shop, market the finished products, and take her products to craft fairs. Despite the demands on her time, she still manages to design several exciting new pieces to add to her kitchenware line, including a collection of fermentation crocks that are topped with crystals and stones

that add both aesthetic and healing value. In the upcoming months, she has plans to design more foodie items, such as berry bowls and reworked cheese strainers. She also hopes to get back into creating more freestanding and wall-hanging sculpture pieces. Her long-term goal is to expand her studio space and open a showroom where customers may view and purchase her work. Until then, there are a number of places that interested customers can check out Sienna’s beautiful ceramic work. Her ceramics can be purchased online at her Etsy store, Sienna Orlando. Her ceramic coffee items, including pour-over cups and travel mugs, are available for purchase at Black Bird Café in Chico. Finally, Sienna will have a table at the Chikoko Bizarre Bazaar this December, so be sure to stop by! FOR SHOP UPDATES, POP-UP ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND CRAFT FAIR NEWS, FOLLOW @SIENNAORLANDO ON INSTAGRAM.




The owner and artist behind Kristina Michelle Jewelry, Banwell first started professional jewelry-making in 2011, when she began working with her father-in-law, steampunk leather artisan Tom Banwell. In this role, Kristina learned to operate various tools of the trade, including the laser she now uses every day to cut her designs out of leather. Equipped with this new skill, the UC Berkeley grad decided to design her own jewelry collection with the goal of creating unique pieces that add an “odd twist” to the contemporary fashion scene. A New York native, Banwell takes inspiration from the Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements as well as from Indian creative expressions she discovered during her travels abroad. For Banwell, the jewelry creation process begins with an initial design typically completed in a computer software program. Then, utilizing the tools and creative space found at Idea Fab Labs, Banwell programs a laser to cut the pattern out of leather procured from a local family-owned business. Then, depending on the design, she may wet and hand-mold the leather into a particular shape before applying heat to speed the drying process and to solidify the shape. For metallic pieces, Banwell may use a mill to add engraving details. Banwell prioritizes supporting local businesses, a healthy environment, education, and aspiring jewelry makers. She makes a conscious effort to choose conscientiously her suppliers. To that end, she uses only locally sourced leather and largely recycled metal in her jewelry. In order to contribute to the education of other women and young girls, she donates 10 percent of her online sales to a scholarship fund for those with barriers to education. If that was not enough, Banwell is also in the process of crafting a workshop that is designed to help jewelry designers create professional line sheets, documents that introduce one’s pieces to potential clients or wholesale buyers. The workshop will be open for enrollment in 2019. In the future, she hopes to offer additional courses and workshops to help jewelry designers launch their businesses. BANWELL’S JEWELRY IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT MADE IN CHICO, THE MUSEUM OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ART’S GIFT SHOP, AND AT THE ANNUAL CHIKOKO HOLIDAY SALE HOSTED BY THE CHICO WOMEN’S CLUB. HER PIECES CAN ALSO BE PURCHASED ONLINE AT KRISTINAMICHELLEJEWELRY.COM. 62

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Unlocking the clasps of a large metal steamer trunk, artisan Kristina Michelle Banwell opens the lid to reveal her latest collection, an assortment of jewelry crafted from laser-cut metal, wood, and leather. Banwell drapes stunning tapered leather fringe necklaces out on the table alongside edgy chokers, cuffs with metal accents, and 3-dimensional geometric earrings. In her own words, the collection is composed of “high-end fashion jewelry created to make women feel bad-ass.”

COMMUNITY CALENDAR DECEMBER 1 Life By Moonlight: Night Hike 6:30–8:30 p.m. Chico Creek Nature Center, Chico Info: Come discover Bidwell Park at night! We've lined up night hikes to correspond to the different moon phases, so you can experience the full spectrum of the Park at night. December (Waning Moon)

DECEMBER 2 Community Christmas Tree Lighting 6:00–8:00 p.m. Downtown, Chico Info: City Plaza will come alive from the glow of more than 2,000 LED bulbs during the lighting of the Annual Community Christmas Tree! Guests will enjoy a musical program and join Santa, the mayor, and others in the countdown to light the tree in City Plaza.

DECEMBER 7–9 Believe—Inspired by The Polar Express 12/7 7:30 p.m. | 12/8 2:00 & 7:30 p.m. 12/9 2:00 p.m. Laxson Auditorium, Chico Cost: $28 Premium | $22 Adult $20 Senior | $15 Youth Info: Believe is an original production inspired by the children's classic book The Polar Express. Created, produced and directed by brother and sister team Jeff Schneeweis and Sarah Blakley, this family-friendly holiday experience takes you on a journey to the North Pole with music and dance, all performed by members of our local community. performance/artists/2018-2019/believe.php Stansbury Home Victorian Christmas 12/7 6:00–9:00 p.m. | 12/8 12:00–6:00 p.m. 12/9 1:00–4:00 p.m. Stansbury Home Preservation Assoc., Chico Info & Tickets:

DECEMBER 8 Chico’s 3rd Annual Santa Shuffle 5K/1 Mile Fun-Run/Walk 8:30–10:30 a.m. One Mile Recreation Area, Chico Cost: Currently the registration fee is $35. Registration increases in December.

Tickets at Info: The Salvation Army Santa Shuffle 5K/1-Mile Fun-Run/ Walk is coming! The first 500 participants to sign up get a Santa Hat and a Dutch Bros Drink Card. The first 800 to cross the finish line get a completion medal. All proceeds from the event stay locally in Chico to help fund the work of The Salvation Army.

DECEMBER 22 The Yule Logs 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. El Rey, Chico Cost: $15 in advance | $20 night of show at the door | kids 12 and under free. Tickets are available on Eventbrite Info: British Invasion hooks, California Surf harmonies, and Borscht Belt chutzpah, The Yule Logs are the hardest working band in snow business. Often referred to as "the greatest Christmas band of all time," The Yule Logs have been rocking the local music scene since 2005. Seating is first come, first served.



DECEMBER 31 A MONCA New Year's Eve Celebration 8:00 p.m. 900 Esplanade, Chico Cost: $35 (tickets are limited) Sold in advance at the museum or on Eventbrite Info: Join us as MONCA opens the doors of its historic Veterans Memorial Hall location to a gala New Year’s Eve party! Attire: dress to the hilts or come in your most comfortable best! Tickets include: food, champagne, a no-host bar, games, tarot readings, music and dancing, art-making, and celebration! NEW YEAR’S EVE


Upgraded Living December 2018  
Upgraded Living December 2018