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FROM THE EDITOR June arrives complete with our 5th pet issue. It was supposed to mark my fourth straight cover story. Oh no, that was just not going to happen. I went about my business as usual, prepping my questions, interviewing the cover subject at hand, and all that goes with it. Little did I know that the term “stubborn as a goat” is just that, and more. Actually, when I now have an opportunity to reflect on it, the amazing cover photo simply just does not do justice. It is important to note that when this particular goat rears up on his hind legs, he is over seven feet tall! Which I guess, in some ways, only adds to his superiority over me. You see, Kevin the Nubian Goat, believes he outranks, Kevin the mere Editor in Chief. So what was I going to do? Give in of course. You will understand when you read our cover story. The cover story told by our poster boy himself. I do hope you enjoy! If some sections appear a bit cryptic, do not point a finger my way. All I know for certain is that I enjoyed the time with Beiron and Tina, the delightful owners of this unexpected pet. Kevin’s six acre playground is wonderful and, though I will write another cover story, there will never be another experience such as this! June also comes with new found grins on us locals. Perhaps a parking place or bar stool are just a bit easier to come by. It also carries with it the summer solstice marking the way to the expected heat which, for us locals, is not always something to smile about. For me, it always made way for my summer reading list. I would compile a list of six reads during each school year and relish in it during this wonderful gift of time. Some summers I would devote to books made into movies. Always reading the books first and waiting to be disappointed by the movies. You see, when I read, there is a full colored motion picture going on inside my head. It is not often that Hollywood is able to match that. With a bit of trepidation, I offer a suggested summer reading list in the pages of this month’s issue. Although there are five officially on the list, four additional books are mentioned. I believe you cannot go wrong selecting any or all of them. Please do read the article, as you will better understand not only my feelings about writing, but, more importantly, making recommendations as well. We, at Upgraded Living, also encourage you to post on our social media accounts pictures of what and where you are reading. We are also offering a contest for the best reading reaction to any of our recommended reads. I truly hope you find yourself as enamored with these reads as I already am! The Back Page takes a little turn in honor of Father’s Day. Although I lost my dad in 1990, I still took this opportunity to pen him a letter in honor of dad’s special day. This experience proved enlightening, emotional and managed to bring a huge smile on my face despite the tears in my eyes. Hope you enjoy a glimpse into our relationship. On to July and the celebration of our stars and stripes and our collective sigh at the rising temperature...

UPGRADED LIVING STAFF AVEED KHAKI Publisher/Owner KEVIN DOLAN Editor-in-Chief

NERISSA QUINN

EMILY HUSO

Production Director

Writer

JASON CORONA

FRANK REBELO

Sales Director

Photographer

KERILYNN ANDERSON

MICHAEL MEJIA

Account Executive

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DARREN MICHELS

MICHELLE CAMY

Product Integration & Mobility Strategy

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ALYSSA WORLEY Writer

BEIRON ANDERSONN Photographer

CONTRIBUTORS ANGELIQUE TRUEBLOOD

LEILANI MILADI

Cool Kid

Beauty

ANNA GRIFFITH

NERISSA QUINN

Health

DIY

BUTTE HUMANE SOCIETY

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COURTNEY PAULSON-HUNTER Garden

Community PARADISE RIDGE CHAMBER

DR. VIMALI PAUL, M.D. Skin Care EMMA HARRIS Ingredient of the Month KEVIN DOLAN Backpage

OF COMMERCE Community RENEE MICHEL & JOE SWEENEY Finance STACIE BEDFORD Interior Design

KEVIN THE GOAT Feature KIRSHNER WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Feature

Kevin Dolan & Kevin The Goat Editor-in-Chief & Local Celebrity

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CONTENTS JUNE 2018 COMMUNITY

FOOD

10 Meet our Cool Kids, gold medal winning

50 Italian Cottage bruschetta offers a simple

Joshua Miller and Grace Schmid of Inspire High School.

12 Our local spotlight (and cover) features a stubborn Nubian goat named Kevin who insisted on telling his own story.

52 Read the Father Day shout outs from our Upgraded Living staff and contributing community members!

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63 Backpage—Our Editor in Chief pens a Father’s Day letter to his dad.

HEALTH & BEAUTY 24 Discover a fascinating and in depth introduction to neuro-sensory sports vision training.

28 The “Fab Five” can’t-live-without beauty products.

HOME & GARDEN 44 You will be amazed by these sensible tips for pet friendly decorating.

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you see the progress of Dave McDonald’s Chico charmer in part two of a four part series!

52 So much valuable information to find out in our quest to plant to keep out unwanted bugs.

ON THE COVER: KEVIN THE GOAT PHOTO BY: BEIRON ANDERSSON DESIGN BY: NERISSA QUINN

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path to a wonderful summer appetizer.

51 You will certainly salivate over this recipe for a Farmers Market Shepherd's Pie.

53 The versatility of garlic on full display.

FEATURE 26 Learn more than you ever thought possible about the actual health benefits of pet ownership.

54 We offer a fun and diverse “bucket list— Chico style” for you and your pet.

55 Do not miss this surprising list of harmful foods to avoid sharing with your pet!

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WRITTEN BY ANGELIQUE TRUEBLOOD PHOTO BY JASON PORTILLO

C O O L K I D S : J O S H UA M I L L E R & M E R I T G R AC E S C H M I D Not all that glitters is gold, but Joshua Miller and Merit Grace Schmid have the gold medals to prove that their talent is rare. Representing Inspire School of Arts and Sciences, Joshua and Merit competed in the SkillsUSA regional Digital Cinema Production competition, where they had one week to create a five minute video based off a given prompt. They won gold. Next, the two competed at the California state level, this time with 32 hours to create a five minute film. They won gold, again. Moving forward, the two will compete at the national level in Kentucky. This was the first time Inspire has sent kids to compete in the SkillsUSA film competition, making their win even more impressive. Because they won gold, they will be the only duo representing California at the national competition. As students in Digital Media Arts teacher Erin Hall’s classes for several years, they have acquired the technical and creative skills to thrive in these competitions and in their own personal projects. The two attribute their win to creativity, countless hours of dedication, and coffee. They said they like to take the prompt, think of what the judges will expect and do something completely unexpected from it. Most of all, they said that Hall’s classes have given them the skills they need to succeed. “Mr. Hall always tells us to dream big, so we always have this big idea for the film then as we’re working on it, it always goes down to this smaller more achievable idea,” Merit said. “Mr Hall has taught me to try and achieve the biggest thing possible. It’s 10

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helped me gain a lot of confidence in my films.” Erin attributed their success to the skills they have learned, but also to their ability to work together and divide and conquer. “When they were up against the gun they knew what they needed to do. It takes that. You have to have the skills, you can't fake it. They're passionate about what they do, they're not just there during class. They're there after class and on the weekends. They're there whenever they can check out the equipment. They're gaining skills not just with me, but also on their own time. They're super hard workers. There was no doubt in their mind, they were going to put everything they had into it, 50th or 1st place.” Joshua said that it’s only once in a blue moon that a project will line up with their vision. “You’ll never achieve perfection,” he said. Even if perfection isn’t attainable, these teens winning gold is as close as it gets. To get to the SkillsUSA national competition in Kentucky, the duo are fundraising to cover costs of entry, accommodations and transportation. Please visit the following link to donate: nvcf.org/fund/inspirefoundation-skillsusa/ DO YOU KNOW A LOCAL YOUTH WHO DESERVES SOME RECOGNITION? TELL US ABOUT THEM! THEY MIGHT JUST BE OUT NEXT "COOL KID". PLEASE SEND NOMINATIONS TO NERISSA QUINN AT NERISSA@UPGRADEDLIVING.COM NOMINEES MUST BE 17 OR YOUNGER.


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My three most favorite books ever are Pat Conroy’s Beach Music, Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, and Bryce Courtenay’s The Power Of One. Each individual read is not unlike witnessing a magnificent stained glass window shatter and then, right before your eyes, get put back together, piece by piece. They are collectively haunting and inspiring at the same time. This ambivalence lives on after the last page is read. Beach Music remains the only novel that, when I reached the last page, I went right to page one and read the entire novel again. None of them made this summer’s list. If you choose to select one or all, I would love to hear from you about your reading experience.

Read Me It has been said never to recommend books, movies, or restaurants. I have found this out on occasion when friends are passing through town and looking for a place to eat. I have recommended and been told later that they never ate there. They relay that, when they opened the door, there was “sawdust on the floor!” I have always thought that reading is sacred. I spent the good part of my life as a high school English teacher, acutely aware that that meant I was each student’s reading, writing, speaking, and listening mentor. It is difficult to address any of these in isolation as they are dependent on each other. As a result of this time with students, I found that there are two kinds of readers in this world—ones who are actively engaged and ones who stop reading. I discovered myself in a battle over both kinds when I recently picked up the book, 13 Reason Why. Of course, those who simply do not read have their own lonely category. Knowing and recognizing the fact that these two readers exist is perfect for the prospect of being a summer reader, horrible for being in an English classroom. As a result, I always have struggled with the notion that we should not teach great books but rather teach a love of reading.

This summer’s recommended reading, three novels and two pieces of nonfiction, appears suitable for poolside, in a comfortable chair with a fan blowing on you, or that coffee spot you cherish whether right here or on the road. The list is as follows: 1. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein—The story is told through the eyes of a dog and the pages are filled with every emotion known.

SHOP DOG AMAIN CYCLING: BAXTER

2. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros—I truly believe that no student should have completed their high school years without reading this book. 3. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz—This piece can actually be read in a single sit down, however, it continues to draw you back. 4. Luna by Julie Anne Peters—The cover has the phrase, “Everything is about to change.” And this read does just that. 5. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown—it is easy, simply to be impressed by the research alone. The read itself is also a natural page turner. We here at Upgraded Living would love to hear from you, even if you find any of these to have that “sawdust on the floor’ effect on you. Please post a picture on our Facebook or Instagram page of you with one of these reads. We are also offering a prize for the best review of your reader experience with any of the recommendations. Happy summer reading!

SHOP DOG BELLAMY SALON: MAILEY

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I sensed a bit of reservation. The conversation, which included a great deal of pointing and gesturing, concluded. And they left. I stood for a long time watching that car disappear into the thin cloud of dust and just kept staring as the light turned to an unfriendly darkness.

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We need to get something out of the way right now. You must understand. I was not asked, not even consulted about the prospect of being on the cover of some shiny publication. Had I been? Well, I am not quite certain just what my reply would have entailed. Never mind. What’s done is done, something you think I would somewhat have grown accustomed. It is not that I really believe that goats get a raw deal with all that talk of laziness and stubbornness, and, well, that part about stubbornness is true. So is the truth about being persnickety. OK, so I am getting ahead of myself and with a head like mine, that is not difficult to do. Allow me to regroup and start this story where it began. On a Craigslist post.

I do not believe it was my size that mattered here. No, she had no appreciation that I was not just a goat, but rather, a Nubian goat. My English heritage, with its societal background and, well, how do I say, rather vocal side, needs a certain degree of assimilation as well as appreciation. As does my affectionate side, complete with a nudge of the neck and, yes, actually calling out with heartfelt tones, loud heartfelt tones demonstrating my love. She clearly lacked this appreciation. As a result, strangers began to arrive and leave rather quickly. Then, suddenly, I was swept away in a shaky trailer by a seemingly nice couple. Just as suddenly, I was returned. This whole appreciation and understanding thing seems difficult for some reason.

The woman was nice enough. It was not at all difficult to understand at first that she had gotten in over her head, and it did not help that my head was a full foot taller than hers.

Then, they pulled up. I could see it immediately in her eyes, followed by her engaging smile and confident strides. I also took notice of his quiet, sensitive manner and

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A few days later, another trailer showed up; a trailer worthy of my regal ancestry and, quite frankly, my size. I did not recognize the stranger loading me up and could not help but have that unmistakable sinking feeling wash over me yet again. The ride was smooth and the view out the side window promising. Across a narrow, swaying bridge, up a slight hill, and, I was home. I knew it immediately. As I was backed out of the trailer, there they stood. The woman with the enchanting smile and inviting eyes, and the man who now looked comfortable and gentle. As my glance went from them to the surroundings, I suddenly realized I was not merely at home, but rather was bestowed my very own kingdom! The magnificent grounds were vast, hilly and included an edible house and my very own sleeping quarters. A safe venue complete with separate bedrooms and an enclosed front yard. I soon ventured up to meet the friendly, yet quirky neighbor who actually bestowed me my name. I also met my new playmate, the neighbor’s energetic dog offering companionship and movement. We literally have the run of the place. This relationship took a turn for the better when the man and woman brought home a dog of my very own. Beretta, my darling sister and I, share an unmistakable kindred spirit. This kingdom, among others, also includes a herd of other animals that surely must be somewhere down my lineage. They are a bit uncertain of me but, nonetheless, allow me to join in their games. This home was everything I could have wished for and so much more. Still, something was missing, something just wasn’t quite right. I mean, yes, being given the name Kevin helped. After all, it does mean handsome. I do not wish to sound like an ingrate but, something more along the lines of Sir Kevin the Nubian Goat, Esq simply has a better ring to it. And then, it happened. The last piece of the perfect puzzle. The woman with the enchanting eyes arrived home with the ideal gift, one worthy of my regal heritage—a necklace with a magnificent bell attached. Yes, now my every movement would be announced with the beautiful sounds emitted from this gift. I cannot explain the joy. It has been said that this wonderful


AS TOLD BY KEVIN THE GOAT PHOTOS PROVIDED BY BEIRON ANDERSONN

sound also keeps me as safe as my sleeping quarters. What a marvelous bonus. I can be taking a must needed nap somewhere up behind the edible house and, with nothing more than the sound of a pretzel bag being opened, I am up and everyone within hearing distance instantly becomes aware that my arrival for a snack is soon. This honorable addition feels almost like being knighted and it allows me to hold my head up higher and my vocal appreciation for this love and recognition all that much louder. With such an ideal setting and family, there remains only a few human handful of things to properly complete this fairytale. The first is to dispel this misguided notion that goats will eat anything. Simply not true, certainly not in my case. I have what is known as a discerning taste. I possess a rather refined pallet. When offered fruit, it may be a definite “no” or a maybe “yes”. Carrots, on occasion, appear appealing, sometimes not so much. I do not clear entire fields but relish in the weeds that match my pallette. I rarely turn down salty pretzels and never refuse a bowl of Alpha-Bits. With that myth laid properly to rest, the next part of the story involves this wonderfully orchestrated late evening dance between me and the man with his comfortable demeanor and gentle ways. Just so you know, the point of the dance is for us to come together, stealth cord wrapped around my neck, and ends with me being led off to the safety of my sleeping quarters. I am fully aware that, due to my regal stature, it is not all that becoming to be such a nightly nuisance. But it is so much more fun! For me. It is also important to note that those evenings he tries to start the dance early are met with that aforementioned stubbornness of the goat. The other is that the change of weather makes no difference to one of us. Me. Each night the dance is completed and I am once again safe. All of this adds up to nothing more than the amazing life given to me by this amazing pair. That brings me to final piece of the puzzle, the best part of this story. The woman with the enchanting eyes, confident strides, and inviting eyes. I learned to stop the panicked prance to follow her each morning as she left the grounds when I learned she would return each day. When she indeed returns is the best part of my day. I come clanging and bleating my way towards her and am always greeted with a snack, some loving, and a much appreciated brushing that helps to rid

my sides of the annoying dandruff flakes. The woman then disappears into the edible house and I instantly hurry around back to my favorite perch. It is located right outside the kitchen window on a ledge of dirt looking directly in on whatever this woman with the enchanting eyes is doing. I settle in and am instantly entranced by the window into her world, entertained by each of her movements, enthralled by these evening rituals. Sometimes I will lean in and rest the side of my large head against the roof beam so as to

get a closer, more intimate look. I often fall asleep, comforted by her mere existence. This special connection to this special couple’s daily routine washes me with an incredible delight and security. You see, after all, when it is all said and done, it has nothing to do with fact that I was going to end up on the cover of some shiny publication. Oh no, it is just with my self-proclaimed regal side, I merely wanted to be asked, to be included in the decision. Afterall, it was they who collectively created Kevin the Nubian Goat. 13


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I love this town. Gayle Aylward, Agent Insurance Lic#: 0691589 1277 East Avenue, Ste 110 Chico, CA 95926 Bus: 530-895-1356 www.gayleaylward.com

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Do Women Need A Different Investment Strategy Than Men?

Women’s rights are at the forefront of our politics and news cycles; which have led to some positive changes. We’ve also seen a corresponding rise in opportunists advising women that they need their own gender specific formula when investing. I have worked in the industry for 15 years and have met with men and women of all ages and situations; young, retired, working age, divorced, married, widowed, etc. Construction of a client’s financial plan and asset allocation recommendation has, and will always be, based on each individual situation, income needs and appetite for risk. As a financial advisor, I have read many books, attended conferences and passed numerous exams on investment management and asset allocation. To this day, I have not found a book, article or chapter suggesting women should invest differently than men.

BY RENEE MICHEL, MBA, AND JOE SWEENEY, CFP ®, FINANCIAL ADVISORS AT ASSET MANAGEMENT GROUP

What ALL investors need are: 1. An advisor that will listen more and talk less. 2. To be treated with the same respect as they would any person, regardless of gender, socio economic background, race, family dynamic, etc. 3. A financial plan that accurately reflects your current situation, income needs and legacy goals. 4. An advisor who respects your intelligence and explains any market jargon. 5. An advisor that values your time and is willing to meet with you as often as needed. Our team works very hard to earn the respect and trust of all our clients—regardless of their gender or background. While we all invest in the same stock and bond markets, everyone has individual needs and goals. Let your investment plan be based on your profile as an investor, and not anything less.

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Skyway Feed & Pet Supply 5990 Foster Road, Paradise | 530.877.1019 Skyway Feed and Pet Supply is one of the largest independent pet stores in California—an emporium with every necessity and luxury for pets and livestock. “The Pet Room” features a menagerie of creatures cuddly, scaled and feathered. Freshwater and saltwater fish populate multiple aquariums. PASH—Paradise Animal Shelter Helpers Paradise | 530.876.8195 Dedicated volunteers help with laundry, grounds upkeep, walking, grooming, and exercising the animals. PASH pays for the cost of spaying or neutering of all animals upon adoption. Visit pashvolunteers.org for volunteer opportunities, adoption events, and fostering information. Topcats on the Ridge, Inc. Paradise | 530.872.8112

PETS' PARADISE We love our pets up here on the Ridge. With a wealth of goods, services, beautiful trails and dog-friendly parks, it’s a pets’ Paradise.

Recreation: Please note: leash laws apply at all venues except for the Lezlie Morrow Memorial Dog Park. Lezlie Morrow Memorial Dog Park 6705 Moore Rd., Paradise Separate area for large and small dogs. Bille Park 501 Bille Rd., Paradise Walking trail on east side of park. Paradise Community Park 5570 Black Olive Dr., at Pearson & Black Olive Yellowstone Kelly Heritage Trail For a gentle uphill stroll, park at Neal & Skyway and walk the trail through the center of Paradise to the Magalia border, about five miles.

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TOPCats on the Ridge, Inc. provides for the welfare of feral, homeless, and abandoned cats in the Paradise area, striving to educate the public on the importance of spaying or neutering their cats. TOPCats relies mainly on tax deductible donations. Visit topcatsontheridge.org for adoptable cats and information. A Good Dog Day Behavior & Training 530.459.8767 Shelly Keel, CTC, CDW, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, CSAT, is the only certified professional dog trainer on “The Ridge.” Shelly is a committed No Pain, No Force, No Fear trainer who employs humane, positive reinforcement training methods based on the latest canine behavioral science. For information and class schedules, visit haveagooddogday.com, or email: info@HaveAGoodDogDay.com. Pet Sitting in Paradise 530.762.8096 Pet Sitting in Paradise offers professional, reliable and caring pet sitting serving the Town of Paradise and surrounding areas. Services include dog walking and home visits, overnight stays, and emergency evacuation. Bonded & insured, Paradise Chamber member since 2017, references available. Contact at PetSittingInParadise530@gmail.com or facebook.com/petsittinginparadise530 Clark Road Animal Hospital 5799 Clark Road, Paradise | 530.872.5111

Paradise Pines Greenbelt and Trails 14211 Wycliff Way, and various trailheads in residential Magalia. Accessible from the Paradise Pines Property Owners Association

Clark Road Animal Hospital has been serving the Ridge’s pets since 1981, offering pet wellness plans, surgery, dentistry, grooming and boarding. Clark Road Animal Hospital is a one-stop-care-shop for all of your pet's needs. clarkroadanimalhospital.net

Upper Ridge Nature Preserve Take Skyway to Ponderosa Way in Magalia, park on dirt Road off Compton and explore!

PARTY IN THE PARK MUSIC & MARKETPLACE IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO RELAX WITH YOUR POOCH. THURSDAY EVENINGS JUNE 14–AUGUST 30, PARADISE COMMUNITY PARK, 5570 BLACK OLIVE DRIVE.

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Virginia Coffman We’ve interviewed our fair share of folks in Upgraded Living, but there’s always been something uniquely special about the stories told by those who grew up in Chico at a time that few others can remember. Virginia Coffman is one of those people. Born in 1940, Virginia was Dr. Enloe’s very last patient the day before he officially retired. She grew up on Woodland Avenue, next to One Mile, and attended Linden Street Elementary School decades before it was converted into the administrative offices for Chico Unified School District. Her father was one of Chico’s early real estate developers and, at one time, was one of the more prolific landowners in the area. Her childhood home still stands today, perfectly preserved in time with the rest of the neighborhood as a testament to those early developers. After high school, Virginia moved to Oregon and attended University of Oregon before returning home to earn her teaching credential at Chico State. She was hired for a teaching position in Walnut Creek and taught English and speech there before moving back to Chico in 1970 to help care for her father. She has lived here since. Virginia met and married her husband Dean, a WWII veteran, shortly after she returned to Chico. The two began going to North Valley Eye Care when it was opened by Dr. Val K. Shaw, and they were two of his first patients. Eventually, Dr. Barthelow joined the practice as Dr. Shaw’s protegé, bringing a youthful energy to the practice and a new focus on modern surgical intervention. As the years went on, both Virginia and Dean’s eyesight began to wane. Dean went in for a checkup and found that he had cataracts and was in need of surgery. As it turned out, Virginia did as well, so the two decided to have their surgeries together. Dean’s surgery was business as usual but, during the surgery on Virginia’s left eye, they found that she was in need of a cornea transplant. They reached out to a specialist in Sacramento and had Virginia’s surgery fast-tracked. Due to their access and connections, they were able to expedite her surgery and her eyesight was saved. She later returned to the office for cataract surgery on her right eye. Virginia is quick to mention how easily she could have lost her eyesight, but how thankful she is that the team at North Valley Eye Care was there to help save it. The experience has made her value the precious gift even more. “Dr. Barthelow has been taking care of my eyes since,” Virginia says, “Their staff is on top of their game and I would never go anywhere else. They greet you with happiness and every procedure is treated with the respect it deserves. They are all so helpful and 18

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"...he demands perfection at his office and that’s exactly what anyone should expect when choosing an eye doctor of their own. It’s pretty important when it comes to your eyes; you only get two of them!" generous, that you honestly couldn’t imagine the experience being any better. Dr. Barthelow is continually expanding the business and making it better for everyone, including those who cannot afford it on their own. He demands perfection at his office and that’s exactly what anyone should expect when choosing an eye doctor of their own. It’s pretty important when it comes to your eyes; you only get two of them!” Virginia visits North Valley Eye Care often to make sure her eyes remain in peak condition, and uses their optical department exclusively for her reading glasses. She is certain that she would have it no other way.

IF YOU’RE LIKE VIRGINIA, AND THINK IT’S ABOUT TIME TO ENJOY YOUR BEST POSSIBLE VISION, CALL NORTH VALLEY EYE CARE TODAY AT 530.891.1900. AS SHE’LL BE THE FIRST TO TELL YOU, IT’LL BE THE BEST DECISION YOU’LL EVER MAKE.


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Oroville!

If you have a child with a disability, the Kiwanis Club of Oroville has organized a special event for you and your child called C.A.S.T. for Kids, designed to provide children with disabilities ages 5 to 17 the opportunity to spend a fun day fishing on Lake Oroville, and maybe even catching the Big One.

FOREBAY AQUATIC CENTER

Take to the water with C.A.S.T. for an unforgettable day of fishing and boating fun. Professional fishermen from our local area volunteer as your guide and boat captain to help show you and your family what a day on Lake Oroville is all about. If you wish to be a part of this event you can contact Jana Frazier at 530.534.2306.

MA KE A S P L AS H I N

School’s out and it’s time to plan some family fun in the sun! As the June sun starts to heat up, the place to be is on the water, and Oroville has plenty of opportunities to get your toes wet. Here are two suggestions for a June you and your family don’t want to miss.

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Choose the watercraft that suits your pace and style from their selection of kayaks, hydrobikes, pedal boats, stand-up paddle boards, canoes, and windsurfing boards. If you’re not sure what to go with or want to learn something new, sign up for one of their classes or special events like the Moonlight Paddle coming up on June 28. Are you a landlubber who prefers to stay dry? There are also beautiful trails, perfect for hiking and biking. Pack a lunch and enjoy the picnic tables situated along the scenic shoreline. Or bring the cooler and some charcoal and reserve a space for your next family gathering. To learn more about the Forebay Aquatic Center, visit forebayaquaticcenter.com 20

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The Forebay Aquatic Center is the place to go for family water sports. The water temperature is Goldilocks perfect for a swim at the sandy beach, or you can rent your favorite water equipment from the center. Water safety is the #1 priority at the Forebay Aquatic Center, and PFDs and safety training are available for everyone.


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DR. DAVID ALONSO A P E R S O N A L A P P R O A C H T O H E A LT H C A R E If you are looking for a medical office that provides comprehensive care in a professional, yet friendly environment, look no further than the office of David Alonso, MD, an internist practicing at Chico Primary Care. Since opening his practice in 2010, Dr. Alonso, along with Joy Culp, FNP, have served the Chico community faithfully. Voted among the Best of General Practitioners by Chico News and Review for two years running, Dr. Alonso takes a personable approach to healthcare that sets him apart from other providers. As a smaller office, Dr. Alonso and his practitioners are able to spend more time with each patient, getting to know them on a personal level and guiding them through the different seasons of life. As a primary care provider for adults, Dr. Alonso treats a wide range of illnesses, ranging anywhere from a hurt knee to advanced heart failure. Along with diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, Dr. Alonso coordinates with different specialists to help tie together patient care, resulting in comprehensive care that attends to all aspects of the patient’s health. To that end, Dr. Alonso has recently expanded his services 22

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to include Amour Medical Aesthetics, offering cosmetic body contouring treatments to augment weight loss and help patients feel better about themselves both inside and out. The treatments, which utilize top-rated SculpSure laser technology, are non-invasive and efficient. The 25-minute treatment sessions involve the application of heat to the outside of the body, causing fat cells to break down. “Over the course of about 12 weeks, almost 25 percent of the fat cells in the treatment area are dead and gone,” says Dr. Alonso. The treatment is intended to enhance weight loss, helping to trim fat away from stubborn areas. “If you’ve just got that little roll—a love handle or something that just doesn’t go away—this is perfect for that,” he says. “It’s a different way of approaching health versus always combating disease and infection and illness,” Nurse Practitioner Joy Culp adds. “It’s enjoyable improving those areas that patients have felt self-conscious about or uneasy, making them feel not only physically well, but also confident and beautiful.”

Although Dr. Alonso cannot take on new primary care patients as the medical office is currently full to capacity, he is still accepting new patients for cosmetic treatments. With plans to begin offering additional cosmetic services and an ongoing search to add another provider to the team, Dr. Alonso’s office is the place to go for a more intimate and holistic level of healthcare service. “WE LOVE TO SIT DOWN AND TALK WITH PEOPLE IF THEY HAVE QUESTIONS,” DR. ALONSO SAYS. TO LEARN MORE OR SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION, CALL 530.896.0386 OR VISIT DAVIDALONSOMD.COM.


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YOUR HEALTH SPORTS VISION TRAINING

Many options are available to athletes trying to be the best they can be. Local gyms and facilities train athletes physically with agility drills, weight training, and plyometrics. Nutritionists create plans to maximize health and performance. Coaches hone skills, strategies, and increase knowledge of mental aspects of the game. Now, athletes looking for even more of an advantage, can do neuro-sensory sports vision training. Even if visual skills are good, they can be enhanced, and an evaluation could pick up any unknown weakness in the visual system to fix. There are at least a dozen visual skills that can be trained. One is depth perception. There is a range of depth perception, and can be trained to be better, enabling quicker prediction of the trajectory of a moving object. Another is how an athlete's eyes work together, which can vary depending on where they are looking. For example, if a right-handed hitter consistently misses low inside pitches, it may be because their brain suppresses an eye when looking down and left. Suppressing an eye is an adaptation mechanism the brain uses not to see double, but without the brain using two eyes, depth perception goes away, decreasing ability to hit the ball. A football receiver would want to make sure suppression doesn't happen when 24

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looking up to the right or up to the left so that he is not handicapped when catching over one or both shoulders. Larry Fitzgerald, a wide receiver for the Cardinals, did vision therapy as a child for a similar vision problem and credits vision therapy for enabling him to get where he is today. New technology, like special liquid-crystal glasses, and light systems train reaction time, anticipation and speed. They teach the brain to use limited visual information to anticipate and react to catch, hit, kick, etc. Athletes report after training, the game seems slower. Though the glasses are new, the idea dates back to tachistocope training used by WWII pilots. Light training systems improve eye-hand speed and eye-food speed and have the advantage over traditional agility drills in their unpredictability. Just like in sports, the athlete has to react. An evaluation with a sports vision optometrist can detect any weakness in the visual system, and create a customized training program to target the cause of the weakness. Otherwise, all skills are measurable and can be trained to be even better.

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Anna is an optometrist and former college athlete who has returned to her hometown of Chico. To have a sports vision evaluation and consultation, call the Vision Training Center 530.520.6484. Anna also sees patients for their annual exams, eye health checks, and treatment at Family Eye Care 530.899.3939. .


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YOUR HEALTH P E T S O F F E R H E A LT H B E N E F I T S

What Can Growth Factors

Do For My Skin? Skin care products containing growth factors can lessen the signs of aging. They revitalize the tissue in damaged skin by picking up signals from surrounding healthy cells and mimicking how they grow and regenerate. There are plant-based stem cells that will have some benefits, but to really get results, the human-derived growth factors are going to be more bioactive with human skin. These advanced topical applications can now penetrate to boost collagen production, strengthen the skin's support structure, and help to repair damaged skin. When used with a retinolbased product, the anti-aging benefits are boosted by keeping the cell turnover moving continuously. It keeps the dead skin cells from building up and making the skin dull and rough-textured. The proteins and amino acids from plant-based stem cells can provide some rejuvenation, but humanbased stem cells, generally derived from embryos that have been fertilized through IVF, then donated to scientific research, are the most effective anti-agers. These stem cell growth factors can reduce wrinkling, improve skin clarity and texture, enhance wound healing, and reduce inflammation. Every skin type can use them, with no adverse reaction (even post-procedure), as growth factors are already produced in our bodies. We recommend the Skin Medica TNS products, or the Regenica MRCx line to deliver the growth factors that will restore the youthful look and function to your skin. Call the Derm Bar Med-Spa to learn more about customized skin care and treatments! DERM BAR MED-SPA 85 Declaration Dr. Suite 100 Chico, CA 95973 530.342.2672

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We love pets for so many reasons, but did you know that their presence in your life can actually be directly beneficial to your health? Science has proven that there are a number of ways a furry friend can benefit both your physical and mental well being. 1. Combat Allergies: This may seem counterintuitive but studies have shown that children who grow up in a home with pets; whether it’s a cat, dog, or bunny, rarely suffer from allergies in adulthood. Being exposed to dander and fur at an early age helps your body combat allergy symptoms later. Bless you, Fido! 2. Good for the Soul: It’s commonly said that pets offer unconditional love and companionship. Pet owners are much less likely to suffer from depression than non-owners. Petting an animal, especially one you feel a close emotional attachment to, raises serotonin and dopamine levels. Those chemicals directly fight many symptoms of depression. 3. Heart Health: According to WebMD, patients who have suffered from a heart attack survive longer when welcoming a pet to their household. Male pet owners in particular have less signs of heart disease, like lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels, than non-owners. This is why you’ll often find that hospitals bring pets in for post surgical patients or those needing emotional relief. 4. Going Steady: Pets are a commitment, but did you know they can also help you find love? Forget online dating, dogs are

a natural way to strike up conversation with potential dates. Walking your pet in the park or around town will leave you open for sporadic conversation. Dinner for three, please! One of our favorite places to mix and mingle with animal lovers is during pet training classes. Many instructors offer options for group classes, where you’ll meet others trying to master the “sit and stay.” Another is outdoor cafes or restaurants. Amble through Downtown Chico on any given day and you’ll find a variety of friendly pups looking for a gentle pat on the head. Our pleasure! 5. Fitness Friend: Dog owners walk 22 more minutes per day than the average person. That time is particularly positive for seniors or people who work from home. Heading outside for some fresh air and nature’s vitamins is saturated with goodness when your furry friend is along for the journey. Walk on! 6. Pain Relief: Believe it or not, but studies have proven that holding an animal can naturally relieve symptoms of ache and tension in your body. A person dealing with chronic pain, such as migraines or arthritis, need only hold their pet for an extended period of time to find relief. The proof is in the pet! The strongest way to benefit from a pet is by loving one yourself. Stop by the Butte Humane Society and see the happiness that awaits you there. They’re already there wagging their tail and barking your name.


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Helping People Feel Better

About Themselves Whether you are bona fide overweight or simply looking to tighten problem areas such as the abdomen, back and thighs, Dr. Deron Ludwig and Dr. Erik Simchuk treat the whole weight-loss spectrum at North Valley Surgical Associates. From bariatric surgery to cosmetic fat removal through Chico Body Sculpt, they offer minimally invasive treatment options to help you start living a healthier, happier life. Contrary to common misconceptions, bariatric surgery is not just a last resort for treating obesity. Rather, it is often the best treatment option for this common health problem, which carries many other risks including high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes. “Obesity is a disease,” Dr. Simchuk says. “The operations we do allow a person to re-engage in their life and with their people, wear the kind of clothes they want, shop where they want to shop…. It's not an aesthetic operation. It's a life-saving operation that cures many diseases and is now covered by virtually all insurance companies.” In their practice, which is recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Ludwig and Dr. Simchuk primarily perform two operations—the sleeve gastrectomy and the gastric bypass. Because the surgeries are performed using small incisions, they are relatively safe with a short recovery time. Patients

typically go home the next day and are back at work in 10 days. The benefits are dramatic. On average, the operation adds 10 years to patients’ lives while also improving the quality of those years. “They’ll have more energy, better mental health,” says Dr. Ludwig. After surgery, patients receive support through the robust Lifestyle Management Program, which includes counseling and dietary education. “The patients are with us for life,” Dr. Simchuk says. While bariatric surgery is generally for people who are 70 pounds or more overweight, the body sculpting procedure is an aesthetic treatment everyone can benefit from. “It doesn't target the internal fat but the cosmetic—the fat you can see and pinch and [that] bothers a lot of people,” says Dr. Ludwig. The procedure uses Vanquish Body Contouring technology, a radiofrequency ablation device that kills the fat cells on the core or thighs with minimal discomfort to the patient. The treatment course includes four to six, 45-minute sessions, each one week apart. A patient can come in, have the treatment and go right back to work without any downtime, recovery or incisions. Results can be seen within a few weeks. Like many different technologies, Vanquish results in the permanent death of the fat cells. However, unlike other treatments, Vanquish is unique because it also tightens and lifts the skin, resulting in a smoother, more even contour at a broader treatment area. “This is more for cosmetic appearance and helping people feel better about themselves and their bodies,” says Dr. Ludwig. “A lot of our patients ask us for options that don't necessarily mean expensive, invasive surgery, and this is one we think is an excellent option.” TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BODY CONTOURING TREATMENTS OR TO FIND OUT IF YOU ARE A CANDIDATE FOR BARIATRIC SURGERY, CONTACT NORTH VALLEY SURGICAL ASSOCIATES AT 530.891.1651 OR ONLINE AT CHICOWEIGHTLOSS.COM & CHICOBODYSCULPT.COM. 27


BEAUTY Q&A M Y FA B F I V E P R O D U C T S

As a makeup artist for 15 years and now a licensed esthetician, I have myriad products that I love and swear by, but I'll try to narrow it down to my top five “can't-live-without.” First and foremost, skin, skin, skin. You've got to take care of that skin you're in and protect it or the makeup you smear on is not effective. Make sure you have a consistent regimen that includes cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and protecting (sunscreen!) your skin everyday. Seriously, people. Wash your face. Okay? Okay.

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Number 1: Your first step is cleansing. Most think that you can just wash your face and all your makeup will come off and your skin will be clean. You actually need a makeup removing/dissolving product first to break it all down and remove it so your cleanser can actually clean your skin. I love Dermalogica and do all my facials with this line. Their Precleanse is fabulous (and selfexplanatory) and now comes in a balm that I'm obsessed with! You just take a little and massage it into your skin and it will literally melt your makeup and all the dirt and grime right off! Especially waterproof eye makeup —which is a must for my smudging-prone Asian eyes and all my bridal/special event makeup. Number 2: Now that your face is clean and moisturized and happy, time to provide coverage and protection. I really like the It! Cosmetics line and their CC Cream has spf 50 (Glory!), provides this amazing creamy coverage, is anti-aging and smells like oranges. You can set it or touch up with their foundation powder if you like a fuller coverage or a more matte finish. Number 3: Concealer! Number one request in doing makeup—"I just don't want to look so tired and my skin is dull." Concealer is a nap in a stick. I have joined the Shape

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Tape by Tarte Cosmetics Revolution, and no, it is not actually tape. It is a seriously full coverage, won't-budge concealer that you can actually use as highlighter when you're contouring. You can use it to spot correct when you don't really need full coverage for your foundation but just in certain areas. Use sparingly—for reals...a little goes a long way. Number 4: Babababrows! Brows are everything and finding the right brow product is overwhelming. If pencils are your tool of choice, It! Cosmetics has a universal taupe brow pencil that pretty much looks great on everyone. For a brow that won’t move and you can actually wear around for a couple of days—I found Wunderbrow. It’s a gel that, once set is waterproof, transferproof and on point. I recommend buying the brush that they sell because it helps a lot in the application. You can find this product online through Wunderbrow themselves, but I’ve recently seen it released at CVS. Number 5: Pucker up! Doing wedding makeup primarily for the last decade and half the main requirement for makeup products would be their staying power. How many of you apply your lipgloss, lipstick or... chapstick, all day long? Or just have dry sad lips? I rediscovered Lipsense and it’s the best two-part product of lipstick—which is like a liquid laquer that is then sealed with gloss. Once in place—doesn’t transfer or budge at all. Not on your coffee cup, wine glass, your man, or your face! So great! You have to find a distributor that sells it, but there’s plenty around—like me!

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So there you have it! Want to pick her brain about all things makeup, skin, & microblading? You can find Leilani at Genesis Salon on the Esplanade in Chico.


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MEDICARE

Whether it’s online, in person, or on the phone, Medicare is committed to helping people get the information they need to make smart choices about their Medicare benefits. For more information, call 530.898.6716. A great resource is myMedicare.gov Register at MyMedicare.gov to get direct access to your preventive health information—24 hours a day, every day. You can track your preventive services, get a 2-year calendar of the Medicare-covered tests and screenings you’re eligible for, and print a personalized “on-the-go” report to take to your next doctor’s appointment.

Have an eReader (like an iPad, NOOK, Sony Reader, or Kindle)?

Visit Medicare.gov/publications to download a free digital version of the "Medicare & You" handbook to your eReader. This option is available for all eReader devices. You can get the same important information that’s included in the printed version in an easy-to-read format that you can take anywhere you go. You’ll still get a printed copy of the “Medicare & You” handbook in the mail if you choose to download the digital version.

Preventive services plug directly from Medicare:

Now’s the time to get the most out of your Medicare. The best way to stay healthy is to live a healthy lifestyle. You can live a healthy lifestyle and prevent disease by exercising, eating well, keeping a healthy weight, and not smoking.

Medicare can help.

Medicare pays for many preventive services to keep you healthy. Preventive services can find health problems early, when treatment works best, and can keep you from getting certain diseases. Preventive services include exams, shots, lab tests, and screenings. They also include programs for health monitoring, counseling, and education to help you take care of your own health.

The Affordable Care Act makes many improvements to Medicare. If you have Original Medicare, you can get a yearly “Wellness” visit and many other covered preventive services.

Want to go paperless and read this information online?

Sign up at Medicare.gov/gopaperless to get your future “Medicare & You” information electronically (also called the “eHandbook”). We’ll send you an email next September when the new eHandbook is available. The online version contains all the same information, but unlike the paper version, it’s updated regularly throughout the year. This means you can instantly find the most up‑to-date Medicare information you need. You won’t get a printed copy of your “Medicare & You” handbook in the mail if you choose to get it electronically.

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Elder Abuse & Medicare Fraud What is Elder Abuse?

possible. They are highly trained and committed to the service of the residents in these facilities. Many of these amazing volunteers report that the job they do as an Ombudsman is the most rewarding of their lives. They are simply, smart, caring, compassionate people who make the lives of the residents better than they would be with such advocacy.

Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or "trusted" individual that causes (or potentially causes) harm to an older adult.

If you are looking for a rewarding way to give back to your community, consider becoming a Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Contact David Beveridge, Coordinator at 530.898.5927.

Who Is At Risk? Elder abuse can occur anywhere­—in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races.

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

What Should I Do I If I Suspect Elder Abuse? Report your concerns. Remember: Most cases of elder abuse go undetected. Don't assume that someone has already reported a suspicious situation. In case of immediate danger, call 911. Otherwise, you can call Eldercare Locator at 1.800.677.1116 to be connected to your local reporting agency.For more information on agencies that can help, visit: ncea.acl.gov and click Get Help or call 1.855.500.3537 (ELDR). PLAN! Talk with family members, friends, and professionals that you trust and plan for your future. BE CAUTIOUS! Unscrupulous people target seniors and will abuse or take advantage of them. STAY CONNECTED! Keep in touch regularly with one another, isolation can make you vulnerable to abuse. REPORT! Making a report in instances of abuse or neglect is the right thing to do, and it's easy. Don't be afraid! Elders have a right to be safe! You can take action to protect yourself and your loved ones from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Let's stop elder abuse together. To learn more about elder abuse go to ncea.acl. gov, or find ways to take action at eldermistreatment.usc.edu/ weadd-home.

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Empowering Seniors to Prevent Healthcare Fraud Who Is The Senior Medicare Patrol? The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is a group of highly trained volunteers who help Medicare and Medi-Cal beneficiaries prevent, detect, and report healthcare fraud. SMP volunteers teach Medicare beneficiaries how to protect their personal health information, identify, and report errors on their healthcare statements, recognize scams—such as illegal marketing, providing unnecessary services, and charging for services that were not provided and report fraud and abuse to the proper authorities. According to the U.S. government, the Medicare Trust Fund loses between $60 and $90 Billion dollars every year to fraud, waste, and abuse. Our Senior Medicare Patrol program helps you recognize and guard yourself from becoming a victim of Medicare fraud. How Does The Senior Medicare Patrol Help Prevent Medicare Fraud? Senior Medicare Patrol volunteers outreach in their communities by presenting to groups, hosting exhibits at community events, and answering calls to the SMP help line. SMP volunteers also help Medicare and Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are unable to address fraud by themselves, and if necessary, SMP will refer beneficiaries to Medicare law enforcement if fraud is suspect. What Can You Do To Prevent Medicare Fraud? • Do not give your Medicare number to strangers. • Check your medical statements routinely for services not received. • Report Medicare fraud to the Senior Medicare Patrol at 855.613.7080 or HICAP at 530.898.6716.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Elder Abuse is heinous and pervasive and Elder Financial Abuse is rapidly becoming the fastest growing crime in America. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program recruits, trains, and supports a cadre of advocates who practice in skilled nursing facilities and residential care facilities for the elderly also known as assisted living facilities. Their job is to make sure residents in these facilities are treated with respect and dignity, that their rights are not violated and they receive the best care 33


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Sherry LandiS “Sherry is the Notreal only is she “Sherry Landis is by best. far the best estate agentthorough in Chico. Sheand is professional, positive, and has incredible follow through. She helped us competent, but she is fun to work with! “ navigate our way through the sale of two homes and the purchase of -Margaret McNulty, another—all at the same time! She never missed a beat. She madeChico sure we understood the process, and stayed in constant contact with us. Even after all three homes closed, she continued to call, email, and text just to make sure everything was going as planned. We could not have done it without her.” — Doug anD CoLEttE RobERtS

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Large rooms, vaulted ceilings + separate living and family room areas with wood stove and fireplace. Master suite is oversized with large walk in closet, jacuzzi tub and separate shower!!! Kitchen has lots of custom cabinetry and eating bar, refrigerator is included! Tastefully painted with modern colors - Wonderful large indoor laundry w/sink, covered patio and more. Bed: 4.0 Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 2,901 Price: $499,000

2 homes on one lot!!! A - 2/1- 585 E. 8th street has lots of built-ins, glass door knobs, and a cute laundry room off the kitchen area. next door is another home at 581 E. 8th street - A another - 2/1 making up just under 2,000 total sq.ft.!! Great investment property. Leases currently on both of them. Alley access and close to downtown, park, and public transits. Bed: 4.0 Bath: 2.0 SqFt: 1,984 Price: $399,900

A feeling of home when you enter this door - relaxing in an open flowing floor plan, yet little spaces to tuck away should you need to have some quiet time away from the rest of the gang!! The master suite is separate from the rest of this well laid out home and boasts a wonderful master bath/dressing area! Well appointed Thisnewer was the home steel and only one owner! have many SoAmuch terrific Michael Galli floor plan remodeled from$639,000 head to with highmodel end stainless appliances, graniteThere and tile andbeen high ceilings! to see! Call today! Bed: 3.0 updated Bath: 3.0and SqFt: 2,643 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

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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. Bed: 3.0 Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 2,453 Price: $299,900

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

Cul-de-sac location, a stones throw from Bidwell Park, around the corner from Sierra View Elementary, and just a little slice of heaven at the end of the street. This beautifully remodeled kitchen with granite counters, solid oak stained cabinets and milgard dual pane windows are just a few of the things that I like most about this home. Bed: 3.0 Bath: 2.5 SqFt: 1,392 Price: $374,000

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Once upon a time, on a lovely lot close to the 5 Mile, there was a darling couple that had a dream to build this custom Mediterranean home. Later on, they decided to sell it - so, after 22 years of enjoying such BLISS, these seller’ lives have turned a corner and they are yearning to spend more time with family/grandkids. Their loss is your gain!!! Where else can you find your own private oasis in the midst of such amazing views out each window in the shadows of our very own coveted Bidwell Park. Nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac on over 1 acre, this private estate is enchanting from the moment you enter this home! From the soaring ceilings to the sweeping staircase, it will be LOVE at first sight. Make sure you take you take your shoes off so your toes can feel the radiant heat!!! You won’t believe it!!!! And I couldn’t either! From Palm trees, to Rhododendron’s, and 100 year old rock wall from an OLD foundation with a BIG BIG BIG oak tree that hundreds year old!!! This property is oozing with unique things to enjoy. Bed: 3.0 Bath: 3.0 SqFt: 3,429 Price: $786,000

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Great Bidwell Park property on a culd-de-sac, one block from the park. Enjoy this sought after location and a huge completely fenced yard! Attached two car garage, dual pane windows, cute kitchen and other updated features make this home a must see!

It’s the park! Location, location, location with a property that needs to be brought back to it’s better years!!! Opportunity is literally knocking at the door on this home situated just a stone’s throw to the park entrance.

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“Effie is well known as a top agent and I needed a top agent. Effie proved to be the best agent that I have ever worked with. She is wonderful and communicated frequently. She made it possible for us to get our great home.She is the best ever. She worked so hard with long hours to make our selling and purchasing a success. I now call her my friend and will always use her services.” -Cort Schreiber, Chico

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 master suite offers dual vanities, hisproperties her closet, a jetted is eating designed for income indoor/outdoor entertaining and is&loaded with toweringvacancy ceilings, factors walls of are glass, oors, afrom lavishthe living These great producing investment with their tub, zero percent justgleaming a stone wood throwflaway CSUC and a walk-in shower. You love the fully-equipped home theater, wine room, formal & informal dining, gourmet kitchen, granite counters, upgrades. will love thewill generously proportioned rooms, theofthe campus. You This well maintained apartment complex consists 2 individual four plexes, each with their own separate parcel number and can cellar, andwood the dumbwaiter. A wholeliving house fan,dining central vacuum, A/C units, gorgeous fltogether oors, the or formal and rooms, the2located cozy designer hood, one 3 fireplaces, 6” Sacramento interior walls, Ave. 2HVAC, carother garage be purchased separately. Both four plex home are next to each other, at 620 W and3the at and 1019 2 water heaters, and security system will keep thismaster perfectly family room with intercom it’s fireplace, guest quarter, expansive suit, more all onan almost 2 acre parcel. The ambiance is peaceful with Mechoopda. Both properties are identical to each other, each off ering 4 units, each unit consists of 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. All the units have 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 their own indoor laundry with side by side washer dryer, dishwasher, waterAtheater, centralrelax heat&and air.your New gorgeous pool, waterfalls, and covered gazebo. private yard, 3 car garage, gated R.V. parking all on and almost onerefrigerator, ace the mountain garbage ranges &disposal, Sutter-Buttes. night simply enjoy installed on both buildings in January of 2018. Bed:of 32.0 16.0 Lot sky. SqFt: 10,454 Price: $2,190,000 ofroof totalwas privacy. unobstructed view theBath: star-speckled 4.0 Bath:3.0 Price: $749,900 Bed: 4.0 Bed: Bath: 3.0 SqFt: SqFt: 2,5014,367 Price: $487,500 Bed: 4.0 Bath: 3.0 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, this immaculate home offers an open Golf porch course,oflake &gorgeous walking trails are provides just a stone throw away from this inTucked a quiet this well spaciousness, maintained home offers a darling front home relaxation and agame great You will marvel at this home’s the fl owing fl oorplan, gleaming wood flthis oors, lion-sized 3 balconies, and large room. floor plan, highperfect ceilings,for large living days room,to ansitopen kitchen with an island, a stunning home. Tucked away in aden, cul-de-sac in a prestigious neighborhood, gated porch, summer upon and relax. Inside place to get to know your neighbors. With soaring 10 and 12 foot The home features a dream kitchen with 2 full stoves, 2 ovens, pot and pan drawers, Corian counters and an island. The list of amenities five burner gas cookfltop a double ovens. Seller has made many upgrades ceilings, this home ers anfeatures open floor plan, proportioned rooms and also you’ll find an open oor and plan, high ceilings, tile counters, and wood thisoff home walls ofgenerously glass windows providing ample includes 3 heating & cooling units, central vac, 2infithe replaces and a security system.ofThe downstairs master suite offers an exercise room and to this darling home which includes all new appliances kitchen, new abundance 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 shower bathroom sink, newer carpet and some windows. fall5th in love withmantel, theall spacious living room its replace, withalso its sunny jetted tub. Thehead, 2nd master bedroom, along with Jack & new Jill rooms, and the bedroom, are located on theand 2nd flcozy oor. fiThis home offers infaucets, the living room, walk-in closet, mater bath with dual sink, separate fireplace with built-in bookshelves, cabinets with glass doors, The master is yard located in themore! first floorfree and so two other bedroom are nook and3the formal room. In SqFt: addition, this Price: home also offers an in-ground pool and so ismuch Bed:dining 5.0 6,236 $799,000 shower and bedroom a tub. The maintenance you can enjoy life abreakfast darling kitchen, bedrooms andBath: a loft,6.5 indoor laundry, a beautiful onspending the second floor.time Theby yard is beautifully landscaped and ersenjoying a lush lawn, patio a family room that can beZen-inspired easily turnedlandscaping into an office plus or a 24th bedroom. by more the lake canoeing, fishing, oroff just with fountain and car garage.The 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. 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 Soaring ceilings, open concept Lavish living and formal dining rooms, Bright, spacious, and open floor plan with Two commercial properties. The floor This home features granite Intoxicating views of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen!! This well maintained Step through the entry of this delightful home and experience the history of this antique Chico charmer. Nested in the coveted Avenues, plan,and light and airy rooms. This home a gourmet kitchen, rich wood fl ooring, a darling beautiful suite first parcel has 1.6 AC with a counter tops, laminate flooring, home sits on 10 acres of total privacy.kitchen, Featuring a largemaster living room this home has been enjoyed by the numerous Chico generously generations. From its with cozy kitchen with granite to itsher newer dual+kitchen pane windows, 600 ft. building structure that crown security system, free standing wood counters stove, a newly remodeled with isSq tastefully decorated and has aura ofmolding, sized rooms, a abonus room with his and vanities walk-in shower, security new gas water heater andheat stainless steel appliances, this homecounter exemplifi es the quality of fine homes. Youappliances, will love the was built insystem, 1979 and has been central and air, dual tops, custom cabinetry andbackyard newer happiness! Numerous upgrades, formal that can bepane used as angranite office, and beautiful and a massive with plentythis of generously proportioned rooms the peaceful ambiance of this home. Thealso lavish living tile room and the formal dining of this home operating as a nursery for the last and windows, upgraded appliances home provides and laminate flooring, an room over sized bonus living and dining rooms, and a kitchen with in-ground gunite pool are a few of this space for a new pool or entertaining! This 25have years. It isnumerous partially fenced, is entertained and fixtures. This home a room a wood stove, indoor waterthe softeners, 2 balconies, held partiesitand many friendsalso andhas families. Guestwith must of marveled at rich laundry, wood floors, spacious family tons of storage—there’s too much to list! home’s spectacular features! See it today! home has it all. Schedule a showing today! 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. The 2nd is you wine collection and barn/shop, car carport and much more.2 SqFt: 1,269 Price: $300,000 Bed: 4 Bath:This 3 SqFt: 2,523 $389,000 Bed:storage! 3of Bath: SqFt: 2,241 Price: 4$347,000 Bed: 3 Bath: landscaping. is a parcel homePrice: for to create memories your2own. 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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THE CLIENT Originally from Costa Mesa, California, Mitch Bancroft grew up with the calling to teach. His mother was an English teacher, and the passion she represented for her career was understandably contagious. It also helped that he was a natural storyteller and engaged any opportunity to speak with others. Mitch decided to follow the same path as his mother and moved to Chico in 2012, after finishing high school, to pursue a degree in education at Chico State. During his time at CSUC, he fell in love with history and chose it to be the subject he would later teach. Mitch’s great-grandmother had passed away shortly before his move to Chico, leaving a huge estate in New Jersey to be divided up by the surviving members of the 40

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family. He and his brother Matt were left with the liquid assets, which they decided to convert into land assets, by buying a home in Chico. They searched the market and found a quaint home for sale just 9 short blocks from campus. Built in 1905, the home had seen little care over the prior few decades and had fallen into disrepair. They decided the price was right and the home would serve as the perfect project for the two to tackle together.

few cabinets it had were made of painted plywood that clearly showed the home’s age. Butcher block countertops, that had not been sealed, made for a less than desirable prep space, and the weird rollaway island worked as more of a catch-all for everyone’s junk than providing any real use to the kitchen. It needed work for sure, but Mitch and Matt decided they would wait until they were in a better place financially to make the changes.

The home had three bedrooms with one bathroom downstairs and another bedroom with one more bathroom upstairs. The galley style bathroom was old, but the kitchen was the area most in need of help. Poorly designed, it made access to the dining room nearly impossible, and the

They lived with the kitchen as it originally was for 6 years. Mitch eventually became a substitute teacher and Matt was hired to work for Anheuser-Busch in Washington. The two decided they were finally ready to make the investment necessary to renovate the kitchen and began looking for options.


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previously sat on the edge of the door frame and centered it between two base cabinets to add even more storage to the kitchen and extra space to prepare food next to the stove. Finally, Jeffrey Alexander Bordeaux door handles in an oil rubbed bronze finish and a 6” matching quartz backsplash tied the entire space together. The kitchen was finished on Friday morning, with the entire project taking just four short days to complete. When asked about his experience working with the installation team at New Again, Mitch beamed, “They were really good. I would leave the house and they would just continue working there without me. I have 3 dogs and 3 roommates; there wasn’t a single issue while they were here, and not a complaint from anyone. When they finished, they picked up their tools, cleaned the area, and left. Aside from the kitchen itself being changed, you would never know they had been there.”

THE CALL Mitch visited one of the local big box stores and obtained a bid for the project. Being his first major renovation, he wasn’t sure what to expect, but thought the quote was a bit high. He also didn’t find himself overly impressed with what they had to offer. He decided to search online and found a listing for New Again Kitchen Remodeling in Chico. He called the showroom and spoke to the store manager, Ric Powers, about his project. Ric offered to stop by and get a feel for the space to give him a better idea of how they could right its wrongs.

straightforward. Mitch stopped by New Again’s showroom on Park Avenue the next day and picked out some colors and materials that he liked, and Ric went to work on designing the new kitchen. He gave Mitch a bid which was considerably lower than the big box store he originally received the first quote. Mitch called his mom to consult on the price, and she told him that the bid was a great deal. He approved the plan and signed off on the paperwork to begin the kitchen remodel the following month.

Ric arrived at the house a few days later and discussed what Mitch was looking to accomplish. Having been accumulating food and kitchen appliances in bathroom cabinets due to lack of storage in the kitchen, it was clear that the home was in need of a major upgrade. Ric gave his advice on the space, measured the kitchen with Mitch, and drew up a sketch to help them decide on how to best rearrange things. As the kitchen wasn’t complex by any means, the project looked to be pretty

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As usual, New Again’s installation team arrived right on schedule, and went to work on the kitchen, demoing the old cabinetry and countertops with Mitch on a Monday afternoon. In place of the preexisting cabinetry, they lined the walls with new Sunway honey-maple Shaker cabinets and Granite Store mocha quartz countertops, making use of every inch of available space they could. They took the oven that

Looking at the before and afters, the change is night and day. Mitch stated, “Everything is easier with the new kitchen design. Stuff doesn’t just happen to pile up on counters anymore, there aren’t any great dump spots like we had on the island, and all of our stuff is neatly put away behind closed doors. I used to have to worry about brushing dog hair off my plates before I used them; not anymore. The kitchen flows so much better now. It was an inexpensive and rugged fix to an issue I had lived with for years.” Asked if he would use New Again in the future, Mitch quickly chimed in, “Yeah! They did a good job, they were fast, they were affordable, and everything looks good. They were really easy to work with and the installation team even made a few cool finishing touches at the end with leftover materials that really tied the kitchen together. If you’re looking to remodel a rental home, this is definitely the way to do it. I would absolutely recommend them to friends and family.” With another remodeled kitchen on the books, New Again continues to set the standard for kitchen and bathroom renovation in Chico. If you’re looking to start a home improvement project, and want a better price, more attention to your project, or better service, call New Again Kitchen Remodeling at 530.899.2888.

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Jeffries Lydon is a company of Select Group, which has been in business in the North State for 37 years. Doug Love, who manages the overall business at Jeffries Lydon, and Brandon Siewert, the new Director of Commercial Real Estate, are especially grateful for what Frank Ross and Georgie Bellin bring to this office. Frank Ross was a Vice President level executive at Tyson Chicken before getting into Real Estate. In his role, he managed massive projects and deals. That executive experience at the highest level of industry earned him a skill set that makes him a dominant and cool-headed real estate broker. His clients will tell you that he never rattles and can easily navigate any complexity that a commercial deal requires. “Frank is a really hard worker. He’ll work for twelve hours a day because he loves what he does. And he still manages to golf,” Brandon told us, “And he’s always willing to give me his ear, which means a lot.” Georgie Bellin is a powerfully energetic force in Butte County. She got herself elected to the Board of Supervisors in her twenties and came to the real estate business after earning a teaching credential when there were no teaching jobs to be found. Instead of moving away from the community she loved, she changed directions and built a highly successful career. “I’ve heard stories of when she first started in real estate. She didn’t even have a car. She showed homes on her bike. And now look at her,” Brandon said with obvious admiration.

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ALL STAR TEAM With the addition of local Real Estate legends Frank Ross and Georgie Bellin to Century 21 Jeffries Lydon, the company has created one of the most experienced and resourced commercial real estate teams in the region. Century 21 Jeffries Lydon, the most recognized brand in residential real estate, merged with 42

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The Group Real Estate Brokerage owned by well known professionals Frank Ross and Georgie Bellin. The merger created the Century 21 Commercial Select Group, a powerful real estate office that will be able to leverage the full resources of Select Group, an organization that has 1100 agents in 33 offices throughout Northern California. Century 21

By adding these two local powerhouse professionals, the Century 21 Commercial Select Group is well positioned in the market. They currently have about sixty commercial listings, and have inroads into many important upcoming projects. However to Brandon Siewert and Doug Love, their presence goes beyond normal business as Frank and Georgie have settled into a natural mentorship role. “Frank and Georgie are such successful powerhouses, not only that though, they’re legitimately really awesome people. We’re lucky to be able to learn from them,” Brandon said. IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO BUY OR SELL COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, THE CENTURY 21 COMMERCIAL SELECT GROUP WILL PUT YOUR GOALS FIRST, AND YOU’LL BENEFIT FROM A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE AND A POWERFUL NETWORK OF RELATIONSHIPS.


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COLOR CHOICE When you find the perfect type of fabric, you will then want to look for a color or pattern that will help blend with your pets’ fur. Fur will float around the room and make its way to the upholstery, even when pets do not get on furniture so let your pet help you pick. Leave the fabrics around the room and after a couple days see which ones have disguised the fur best.

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Meet Penelope, our amazing little rescue. She is adorable, sweet as can be, and also a tad-bit destructive. I’ve learned a few things along the way on how to approach living with pets and how to make sure my furniture pieces withstand the love a pet has to give. Here are some things to consider when making your home enjoyable for the humans and friendly for the fur-child.

Fur-Cautious Rugs RUG-PADS Always use a non-slip backing to make sure you fur-child can run safely without sliding or rearranging your room layout for you. This is especially important for elderly pets as slick surfaces or shifty rugs can be difficult for them to get up or walk on. WOOL Wool can be great for resisting stains and, a good one, can last a lifetime. Wool, however, can also shed and the weight makes them a little more difficult and less functional to clean. SYNTHETICS Certain synthetics, like poly-acrylic, can be easily cleaned by being sprayed down outside with the hose and hung-dry or spot-treated with a store-bought upholstery cleaner. JUTE & SISAL These natural fiber rugs are durable, stylish, and can withstand the heavy traffic of pets. They would be great near doors to help grab any messes from paws after being outside. 44

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SYNTHETICS When it comes to upholstery your top fur-friendly choice would be a fabric made of synthetic fibers, especially high-performance rated fabrics. Synthetics such as Crypton, polyester, nylon, or acrylic are great for pets because they are easy to clean, durable, and sometimes even stain-resistant. TIGHT WEAVES If you find yourself more attracted to nubby fabrics with a heavy texture, look for the tightest weave possible. Fur can easily get stuck into every nook and cranny of loosely woven fabrics and claws can easily snag at one loose strand making tweed or tweedlike fabrics much less pet friendly. VELVETS AND CHENILLE If your pet sheds heavily, another ones to stray away from would be velvets or chenille. Pet fur can cling like a magnet to these fabrics, making it more difficult to brush off quickly.

Tail Friendly Décor The happy tail wag can be anything but happy when it makes contact with either you or a decoration. For things that are at paws reach, try to use heavier weighted items like heavy ceramic pots or vases that can withstand the whip of a tail. Use a tray on your coffee table or ottoman that has edges or a lip to help protect glasses or décor from getting knocked over. Even if there is a spill, the tray will help contain the mess.

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For more information, visit The Address for Home Interiors located at 2444 Cohasset Road in Chico or theaddresschico.com.

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We last met with Dave McDonald and Jason French at the tail end of April, while they were getting ready to put their recently drawn up building plans into action. The subject of their plans, a 1930s bungalow on W. 16th street, once sat as permanent housing for employees of the iconic Diamond Matchstick Factory in Chico, and had since fallen into considerable disrepair. With nothing but a complete overhaul necessary to bring the building to present day desirability, the two certainly had their work cut out for them, as the home didn’t even have a foundation. Just shy of one month into the project, they have already made significant progress. As someone who recently departed life within a perpetual construction zone between two homes over 5 years, I’ve learned many things.

Perhaps the most important of these lessons was to let those who know construction handle construction. While projects may seem small, they often tend to snowball, and for those who don’t know how to manage an impending avalanche, the end result can be a bitter defeat. Seeing the progress that two contractors have made in their spare time, on a building requiring total renovation, is a testament to that realization. During the past 28 days, Dave and Jason have managed to gut completely the structure, pour a slab foundation underneath it, and frame the entire floor plan. What once was a dirt floor now resembles the sort of modern buildings we are used to seeing. By the time this issue hits the stands, Dave and Jason’s plumber, electrician, and HVAC

(heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) specialist will have already completed their parts in the home’s new construction, and each has a unique role to play in the home’s energy conservation goals. For starters, their plumber will install a tankless, on-demand water heater, along with PEX plumbing—an alternative to metal piping that conserves energy, provides a near silent water transfer to fixtures, and offers a solderless design that eliminates the health hazards of using leadbased solder. Their electrician will prewire the home for solar and install LED lighting throughout the home, while their HVAC specialist will install a low energy heating and cooling system. Finally, Low-E Windows will be installed to further reduce the home’s energy waste. Once the aforementioned projects are completed, the home will be ready for drywall, fixture installation, and lastly, finish work. The two still expect to have the home finished by the end of July, just in time for its grand reveal in the August edition of Upgraded Living, an issue we’re seriously looking forward to. FOLLOW THE HOME’S PROGRESS OVER THE NEXT TWO ISSUES RIGHT HERE IN UPGRADED LIVING, AND SHOULD YOU NEED A RENOVATION OF YOUR OWN IN THE MEANTIME, MAKE SURE TO CALL DAVE MCDONALD AND JASON FRENCH AT 530.864.1301 FOR A FREE CONSULTATION. 45


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Hydration Station With the summer heat wave right around the corner, it is important to keep your furryfriends well hydrated. For this month's DIY, I visited the Rustic Nest in downtown Chico and found the perfect aluminum pieces to create this outdoor hydration station for my fur-babies.

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When walking around the Rustic Nest, you may be overwhelmed by the vast amount of creative trinkets filling the store. When I saw this aluminum planter, I knew it would be the perfect base for my DIY water bowl. Shortly after finding the planter, I stumbled upon a bowl of aluminum letters which were the perfect hint of personalization I wanted my project to have. Before beginning the project, clean your planter and made sure that there aren’t any holes that water could leak through and that it is rust free. If you do have holes in your planter, you’ll need to fill them with a

waterproof sealant which will allow the bowl to hold water. Follow the steps on the sealant, let dry, and set aside. Next, take each letter and paint them with the color of your choice. Once painted, set aside and let dry. When the letters are completely dry, glue them to your base and allow them to adhere overnight. Last, fill the bowl with water and voila, you have the perfect new outdoor addition for your best friend!

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Drops of dew sparkle in this mid-afternoon light and the Whispering Pines live up to their name as wind blows through the property. Ariza Farm in Orland, CA contains multitudes; living things just thrive here. But it hasn’t always been like this. Owner Deborah Ariza says, “I bought the farm in June of 1979. Back then it was just old almond trees. Everything you see right now was not here when we got here.” What I observed today are sections of different shades of green for acres, 10.67 to be exact. Kiwis are growing on vines towards the back of the property, propped up on a level all their own. In front of those are a variety of citrus trees—kumquats, Meyer lemons, mandarins, nectarines, and grapefruit. Surrounding the citrus are guava, persimmons, peaches, and plums. All healthy and strong plants, yielding delicious fruit. “This is unique. Normally, the focus for a farm in this area is either cows or almonds or massive groves of oranges. This is a bunch of things, which makes it a challenge, but also special,” says Mike Ariza. They have set up the property so that when one crop is out of season, another becomes in season. Purposeful growing is key around here. Ariza Farm sells their produce not just at farmers markets, but also to a variety of school districts. Students in Thermalito, Orland and Hamilton City receive farm fresh produce in their snacks and lunches throughout the week. 48

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Mike adds, “It’s really neat going to the schools to drop off produce. Seeing the kids eating and enjoying our food is the best! All of the schools we work with have great attitudes about what they’re providing for the students and we’re helping them do that. It’s fun!” But how does a person first become interested in growing beautiful food? For Deborah, it all started with residential gardening. Her mom had a green thumb and she was always attracted to the idea of doing the same. However, it wasn’t until a neighbor started a kiwi nursery in Chico that Deborah found her calling. By May of 1972, she had worked her way up to nursery supervisor. It was all green lights and plants from there! She and her former husband discovered the property for Ariza Farm in 1979. “I love being my own boss. Deciding what you want to grow and where you want to grow it, is pretty cool,” she says. Speaking of cool, Deborah finishes our interview with dialogue about a recent unique happening at the farm. Her and Mike had been returning from a long day selling at the market when suddenly they heard a bunch of noise in the orchards. They looked around and saw not one, but two picturesque bald eagles flying around the row of Whispering Pines. How they found the orchard is unknown but we’re pretty certain they enjoyed their visit to Ariza Farm as much as we did! FIND ARIZA FARM AT THE SAT. MORNING FARMERS MARKET IN CHICO AND THE WED. MORNING MARKET STARTING IN OCT. 49


INGREDIENTS: • Tin Roof French Bread • Diced Roma Tomatoes • Olive Oil • Fresh Chopped Garlic • Fresh Chopped Basil • Parmesan Cheese

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DIRECTIONS: In bowl, mix together tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil, and Parmesan cheese. Grill bread and place mixture on top of bread and garnish with more Parmesan and fresh Basil. FOR MORE DELICIOUS TREATS, VISIT ONE OF THE TWO ITALIAN COTTAGE LOCATIONS IN CHICO: 2234 ESPLANADE OR 2525 DOMINIC DRIVE.

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Farmers Market Shepherd's Pie INGREDIENTS: • 1 lb Ground Wookey Ranch Ground Lamb • 4 Portabella Mushrooms from Mushroom Adventures (destemmed and cleaned) • ½ Sweet Onion diced • 1 Pyramid Farms Sweet Carrot (small dice) • 8 oz Bone Broth (Mine was made with Divide Ranch Beef Bones) • 3 Sprigs of Rosemary finely chopped • 3 CSA Grub Potatoes (Peeled) • 2 Tbsp Mama Sattva Ghee • ¼ cup coconut cream • 1 tsp arrowroot powder • Salt & Pepper

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375.Boil Potatoes until cooked. Strain and mash with 1 Tbsp ghee and coconut milk. Set Aside. Brown ground lamb in 1 Tbsp of ghee. Season with salt and pepper and ¾ of the rosemary. Once cooked, strain to remove excess fat. Use 1 tbsp of strained fat to sauté the onions and carrots. Cook until lightly brown. Remove onions and carrots. Add beef bone broth to the pan and scrape up all the brown bits. Then add the arrow root powder and whisk until all is combined. Return the meat and onions and carrots to the pan and season. Fill each portabella with the lamb mix. Top with the mashed potatoes, covering most of the meat. Bake in the oven for 15–20 minutes. Once removed, add additional rosemary on top and serve!

RECIPE COURTESY OF MY OVEN'S MEALS. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT, MYOVENSMEALS.COM.

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BUGS AWAY! Don’t get me wrong, I love insects and pollinators but I prefer not to get eaten alive while outside enjoying my garden. Here is a list that may help you deter pests if you feel the same as I do.

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Lavender: This is my personal favorite. The beautifully fragrant foliage not only deters mosquitoes, but fleas and flies as well! Place bundles of cut lavender around your home or outdoor patio area wherever you want to deter pests. Tip: Rubbing your fingers on the scented foliage and then rubbing these oils on your skin can prevent bug bites. Rosemary: This is the perfect easy care plant to keep mosquitoes, gnats and flies away while attracting beneficial pollinators to your garden. Rosemary does well in the ground or in containers, just give it a sunny spot and it will thrive. Marigolds: They have a distinct smell and contain Pyrethrum which is an ingredient in most insect repellents. Marigolds are a must have for any veggie garden, they help by keeping garden pests away while still attracting beneficial ones. They also provide cheerful blooms spring through fall. Mint: Most pests don’t like the smell or taste of this plant, but I sure do! Add it to a drink

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or dish for a refreshing flavor. Brush against the foliage and get a relaxing aromatic burst to your senses while repelling many pests. Tip: Be sure to plant this particular plant in a container, it can be invasive when sown directly in the ground. Lemongrass: Citronella is a natural oil found in the fragrant lemongrass that helps repel mosquitoes. This grass is considered an annual in our area but is a quick grower, reaching about 3 ft in one season. Be sure to strategically place these plants in and around your garden, near doorways, and patios—areas you spend most of your time. These plants help most when you release their natural chemicals and fragrance. Run your hands along the foliage often to release those aromas. One of the best things you can do to keep the mosquito population down in your area is making sure there is no standing water in your garden. It doesn’t take much for mosquito larvae to morph into full-fledged insects. You may also think about adding a bird or bat house to your garden. They are the natural predators to mosquitoes and other insects. These plants alone won’t take care of all your pest problems, but they can help.

G A R D E N A D V I C E VIA COURTNEY PAULSON-HUNTER For more information, visit Magnolia Gift & Garden at 1367 East Ave in Chico.


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GARLIC One of my favorite aromas emanating from the kitchen is garlic sautéing in olive oil. That strong, spicy smell wafting throughout the house makes me salivate hungrily for dinner, or whatever meal is being prepared. Garlic adds such delicious flavor to a meal and in my opinion can, and should be used, in almost any recipe. Garlic is a well-known essential ingredient in Italian cooking but is used around the world in all different cultural dishes and has been revered by ancient cultures. Not only does it add depth and flavor to meals, it stimulates the digestive and immune systems and helps keep your body healthy. Consuming one clove of garlic can help you overcome a cold faster and get you on the road to recovery sooner. I am excited to say that it’s just about time for garlic season here in Northern California! Garlic belongs to the allium family, which includes vegetables like onions, leeks, and chives. There are many different kinds of garlic within the categories of softneck and hardneck. Each variety has a unique shape, color, and flavor and needs a specific climate for its ideal growing conditions. The different types can consist of lots of tiny cloves or just a few large ones. Some are white, red, or deep purple. A few hardneck varieties include Creole, Rocambole, Porcelain, and Purple Stripe. Chefs may prefer to use the latter two varieties in

cooking for their strong, robust flavors. Softneck varieties include Artichoke and Silver Skin and not only have a nice, bold flavor, but store well over the course of a whole year and can be made into decorative garlic braids. Most farmers will harvest their fall planted garlic during either spring or early summer. Although you can find freshly harvested garlic at your local farmers market, most garlic has an incredible shelf life once dried and cured, making it available just about year-round. Garlic is the flavor king of the kitchen and I never fail to include it in a meal at least once a day. You can chop the cloves and sauté them in olive oil until light golden in color, mince them finely, or roast them in the oven. Whatever method you employ, be sure not to burn the garlic, which will bring out a very bitter, unpleasant flavor. It is also important not to add too much garlic to a dish as it can overpower the flavors of the other ingredients. One trick I like to use is to add garlic towards the end of cooking so that the garlic doesn’t burn and the dish has a delicious, light garlic flavoring. You can add garlic to dishes like polenta, roasted chicken or salmon, or mix it in with roasted veggies like brussels sprouts, onions, asparagus, bell peppers, and squash. It also makes a great topping on pizza and is essential to the beloved, all-time favorite summer pesto recipe. Garlic adds a wonderful flavor to almost any dish, so why not include it in your dinner tonight?

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Experience Freedom Firsthand Meet the newest member of our family, Freedom, an 11 week old female European Brown Bear. One of three cubs, Freedom was born with an overbite causing nursing problems. Her sister will be coming out shortly to be a companion to her. Both girls will be representatives for their species helping to educate the public on conservation. A full grown European Brown Bear can weigh between 400 to 800 pounds. They are omnivorous and will eat anywhere from 35 to 45 pounds of food everyday! You can come meet Freedom and all of the other animal residents at the Barry Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary and Educational Center Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The entrance fee is only $6 per child and $10 per adult. You can get a glimpse of all of our animals at kirshner. org. Our phone number is 530.533.1000 and our email is admin@kirshner.org. We look forward to sharing our animals with you. BARRY R. KIRSHNER WILDLIFE SANCTUARY 4995 Durham-Pentz Road Oroville, CA 95965 530.533.1000

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#ChicoVersion Fun Things To Do With Your Pets! Chico has an endless array of options for fun pet-friendly adventures! From parks to picnics, here is a list of our favorite local jaunts for you and your pet to enjoy. DOG PARKS DeGarmo Park boasts plenty of room to stretch your dogs legs in the surrounding recreation fields. Want to let them off leash? Park your pet in the fenced dog area and relax as they socialize! Their wagging tail will tell you all you need to know. DOWNTOWN CHICO If you’re heading Downtown for a meal or errand, invite your pet along. Locals love seeing animals out and about. Some stores might even have a biscuit for your furry friend! Chico State is another inviting place to amble around. Pack a blanket, book, and snack. Your dog will love all the attention it gets on campus! LOWER BIDWELL PARK: ONE MILE Lower Bidwell is a refreshing option for extra hot days. Branches of the large trees that line the path, provide a natural canopy for walkers and their pets. Cool off with a dip into One Mile at the end of your walk. It’s a dogs paradise! NORTHERN STAR MILLS Iconic of Chico, Northern Star Mills on the Esplanade carries just about everything your pet might need. Since 1898, this supply store has remained a favorite place to find the tastiest treats and toys for your animal. Let their wet nose guide you to your next purchase! 54

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OUTDOOR PATIOS Hit Happy Hour with your best friend! There are a variety of restaurants that have pet friendly patios. Kick back and enjoy a cold beverage, while your pet takes in the view. People watching anyone? TABLE MOUNTAIN Springtime means Table Mountain in Oroville, CA is at the peak of its beauty. Tiny wildflower blooms emit pops of color as far as the eye can see! Just like you, your pup will love to explore the different landscapes and natural water springs that this ecological reserve provides. Lay out a blanket and enjoy a sunny picnic together! Just be sure to bring a leash.

UPPER BIDWELL PARK With panoramic views of green rolling hills and miles of land to play, Upper Park is always a local go-to for Chicoans and their pets! Bring a tennis ball thrower and go to town. Watch as your dog bounds merrily after it for hours. No matter where your day takes you and your pet, we are confident the gorgeous landscape of Chico and its friendly occupants will fare you well. Now get out there and start adventuring! Your pet will thank you.


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SEPARATE When your dog looks at you with those convincing puppy dog eyes it can be hard to resist sneaking them a little bit off your plate under the table. But beware! A variety of foods that humans eat are toxic to pets. CHOCOLATE AND CAFFEINE Both of these products contain chemical substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee. When eaten by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Note that darker chocolate is even more toxic than milk chocolate. Keep your chocolate stash off the floor and out of harm's way. GRAPES AND RAISINS Studies are still being made to find out what exactly makes grapes and raisins so dangerous to dogs. Ingesting these fruits can cause kidney failure and until more information is know, it is best to avoid feeding either to your furry friend.

MACADAMIA NUTS Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Signs of illness usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and can last approximately 12 to 48 hours. No sharing nuts! MILK AND DAIRY Think of a pet as your lactose-free best friend. Because pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), milk and other dairy-based products cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset. Yes, even “doggy scoops and puppuccinos” count! ONIONS, GARLIC, & CHIVES These vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation to your pet, as well as red blood cell damage. Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed. Toxicity is normally diagnosed through history, clinical signs and microscopic confirmation of Heinz bodies. RAW/UNDERCOOKED MEAT, EGGS, & BONES Just as with humans, raw meat and eggs that contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli are harmful to pets. Feeding your pet raw bones may seem like a natural and healthy option that might occur if your pet was foraging in the wild. However, this can be very dangerous for a domestic pet, who might choke on small bones or splinters. Stick with bones formulated specially for dogs. Tempting as it might be to share your meal with man’s best friend, it’s best to keep human and pet food separate. That way, there’s no risk of potentially harming your own or someone else's beloved companion! 55


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It goes without saying that Americans love their pets. Approximately 68% of American households own at least one pet, and we spend over $60 billion dollars a year on food, supplies, grooming, boarding, and medical care. Clearly, companion animals have become an integral part of daily life, but what humans get in return is beyond measure. Whether to adopt or buy a pet should be an easy decision. Most importantly, adopting an animal from a reputable animal shelter is humane and ethical, because it saves lives— and not just one life. If you adopt instead of shop for a pet, you actually are saving more. Adopting a shelter animal allows more space for other animals that someone will adopt, causing a chain reaction of compassion. Imagine the good you are doing for someone by giving them a chance to give a home to a homeless animal. Being an unknown savior to many homeless animals is an amazing thing. By adopting an animal, you are helping break the cycle of pet overpopulation. Each year 8 to 12 million dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens throughout the country are euthanized because there are not enough homes for them. Animal shelters improve the community by mandating that adopted animals be spayed or neutered. This requirement decreases chances that more

unwanted animals will enter the world and helps weaken this vicious overpopulation cycle. Not to mention, you are taking in an animal that has received quality care and love: all adopted animals are vaccinated, behavior tested and have any medical issues addressed. Shelter adoption also helps put a stop to puppy and kitten mills. Throughout the country, and even across the USMexico border, thousands of commercial facilities and backyard breeders produce millions of animals for sale in pet stores and newspaper ads. These facilities repeatedly breed animals that spend their entire lives in cages without human companionship, and are destroyed after they become unprofitable assets. Adopting from a shelter that upholds ethical and humane standards means you don’t support such cruel practices. Lastly, adopting a shelter pet is good for your health! Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial to their companions. Caring for a pet can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and decrease feelings of loneliness. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping a homeless animal in need!

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Katrina is the Executive Director for Butte Humane Society. For more information, visit buttehumane.org.


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My dad is an excellent role model for the importance of physical fitness and staying active. He has always encouraged and supported me, particularly in athletic pursuits. Here we are together completing our 10th year riding in the Wildflower Century 100 mile bicycle ride in Chico. At age 77, my dad is showing everyone that age does not need to limit your ability to do what you love to do! –Joanne Gilchrist My dad is just an awesome human being. He continues to amaze me with his zeal for life. He worked incredibly hard his whole life and it brings me joy to watch him enjoy retirement. He’s definitely not someone who sits around and gets bored. He’s out there making every moment count. He is an inspiration to me and I’m so proud he is MY father. I love you Dad!!!! —Annie Lewis Dad, You are my rock...and the rock & roll king. Thank you for always being there even when times are tough. We spent a lot of miles on the road last year listening to music and sharing snacks. The destination was rough but getting there was always fun with you by my side. Happy Father's Day to the best dad I know. I love you!–Alyssa Worley A special shout out to my dad, who happens to be in town visiting when this issue comes out! Dad, thank you for your unfailing presence in my life. For all the days, weeks, and years, you've never missed a beat or a bad pun. Thank you for the thousands of tuck-ins, singing me You Are My Sunshine, the goodnight kisses, chauffeured car trips, and teaching me how to do my own taxes. Thank you for your sacrifice of work, leisure, and sleep. I know over the years, we haven't always seen eye to eye, yet you've shown unconditional love and support of my gifts and my quirks. You have taught me that the things that really matter in life are relationships, honesty, and respect. Material success is

important, but not fundamental to happiness and peace of mind. I love you Dad, Happy Father's Day.—KeriLynn Anderson Well, clearly my father and I are of the same genetic makeup. He is a hard worker who always put others before himself, a leader only by example, and an optimist who brings out the best in others. My father is a firstgeneration Filipino-American and self-made man. He has taught me to value people and foster relationships over materialistic desires. His guidance and modesty has inspired many (including myself) to follow in his footsteps, both literally and figuratively. My only hope is to serve humanity the way my father has in the years to come. –Joelle Cabasa

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Dad, Over the last 26 years we have made so many memories together and I cherish them all. From you cheering me on through my high school basketball games, teaching me how to fly fish, laughing with me at funny youtube videos, to teaching me to kick ass in cribbage—you always put a smile on my face. You're one my favorite people to spend time with and my favorite person to help me finish a dessert when we got out to dinner. Father's day is always special to me because I get to celebrate you, but this Father's day is even more special because it's also your 66th birthday. Thank you for your constant love and support. I love you so much.–Nissa

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Dad, I can't thank you enough for all you've done for me. You've always been supportive, by my side, and a great sounding board for any crazy idea I've come up with. You taught me how to be a better man and I love you dearly for it. Happy Father's Day!—Aveed Khaki From all of us at Upgraded Living Magazine, Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads out there. Today is your day, so get out there and celebrate. Cheers to you!

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Egland’s artistic inclination became apparent at an early age when she began painting on every surface she could find, including tables and walls. In high school, Egland dreamed of becoming a professional painter, taking several art classes to hone her natural talent. “I was going to be the next Thomas Kinkade,” she says, laughing. “Then I got into the real world.” Although she waitressed for twentysix years, Egland never stopped painting, taking every opportunity to become better at her craft. “You can learn anywhere and everywhere,” she says. “Everything is school when it comes to artwork because there's always something to learn.”

Sue Egland & Her Eye-catching Window Art If the sight of a window painting in Chico has ever stopped you in your tracks, there is a good chance the artist responsible is Sue Egland, a professional painter who has become known throughout the North Valley for her eye-catching window art. “I thought, I can paint on canvas. Why not paint on windows?” Egland recalls thinking over thirty years ago. “And so that’s what I did. And it ended up being, well—that’s all I do now is artwork.” Since transitioning from waitressing to painting full-time, Egland has gained a loyal customer base thanks to her friendly manner, creativity, and consistently high quality of work. She begins each window painting by finding out what message and mood her customer wants to convey. Next, she creates a sketch. For more complex designs, she transfers the sketch onto the window in 58

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Whether she is painting windows, canvases, murals, her home, or even her own car, Egland brings her love of color, nature and spontaneity to everything her brush touches. Influenced by the styles of western artists like Thomas Kinkade and Bev Doolittle, she tends to favor natural subjects, including her favorite—horses. Scrolling through her portfolio on her tablet, she points out examples of the wide range of paintings she has done, from studies of horses and commissioned portraits of beloved pets to a faux brick trim around her house and an office mural depicting Mt. Shasta on a wall measuring 8x25 feet. Proudly, Egland shows off a photo of her car, which she painted on a whim two years ago. The car sports a playful splash of color beneath Egland’s logo and a full spectrum rainbow painted on the ladders mounted on the top. “After I painted that, I'd be driving along, and I'd get people giving me the high five,” Egland says. “Everybody liked it.” A prolific artist, Egland spends every spare moment painting. “I love it,” she says. “I can get lost in a painting.” Between her fun windows, scenic canvases and expansive murals, she makes Chico more visually interesting and beautiful, one painting at a time. To purchase Egland’s original canvas paintings, check out Country Chic and Boutique in Chico. To commission a painting or window design, call Sue Egland at 530.343.4080.

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water-soluble chalk. Otherwise, she paints free-hand, using acrylic and latex paints to bring her vision into reality. The result is always stunning. With elegant hand-lettering, original cartoons and natural imagery rendered in vibrant colors, Egland’s window designs demonstrate her signature style and impressive ability.


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AW: What inspires you? MC: I feel inspiration when I see certain pieces of art. Sometimes I’ll look at photography or paintings and draw inspiration from that. And definitely riding my horse! I’ll have a really good day and try to recreate the light and feeling I had while riding. AW: Where do you paint? Do you listen to music or have any routine before/after you work? MC: I like to paint at home. I have a studio at my house and it’s really relaxing to put on music or a podcast. I try to keep the room really bright. I have special lighting to get different angles and keep it interesting. My dog and cat will sit with me and we work through it together. It’s nice to be alone. I find that I can collect myself when I’m alone and draw energy out of that creative space. Having my own stuff around and no distractions to worry about makes it easier. AW: When people come to you wanting a particular piece of work, how does that process look?

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MC: So, if it’s a subject matter that I can relate to and inspires me, I work from a well lit photo at the right angle. Often times, I take the photo for the person. I can also work from an existing photo.

In the seven years I have known Michelle Camy, we have worked together on countless articles for this magazine. Her photography brings to life our words on the page and when I first found out she was also an artist, my first thought was, “How can one person have so much talent?!” Michelle has been painting and drawing since she was a small girl. With that many years of experience, we had to go behind the drips of acrylic color and learn more.

AW: Is there anything else you would like the public to know about Michelle Camy Art? MC: I have a website where you can buy prints and some originals at mcamyart.com. Follow me on Facebook! I keep that page updated with future shows and new artwork.

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AW: How has your style or technique developed over the years? MC: Later, I got really into acrylic paint and interior latex house paint. I absolutely love the texture of it. I enjoy using interesting colors to paint ordinary objects; such as artichokes, saddles, lemons or horses, of course. I like the paint more than the graphite now. To this day, I still use that first concept of shadows and contrast. My main job is photography, so a way to incorporate that into fine art is to turn it into a screenprint. Limey Tees helped me create the screens in March and it’s been exciting to prepare for a new body of work. 60

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MC: I can’t really say what got me interested in it...I just always did it. The first memory I can truly recall is wanting to draw all day. I would staple printer paper together and create little books, and sell those first drawings to my family members. I remember really loving pencil sketches. My favorite artist when I was in kindergarten was Wesley Dennis. His art was pencil drawings of horses. I thought, “I want to draw like that!” I would also work with pastels and watercolors, but my favorite was just graphite pencil. That helped me learn how to shade and create light and dark. It helped me better understand contrast and how you can make an image pop off the page. Also, my great uncle was a commercial artist in San Francisco in the 1940’s and 50’s. We had his art all over our house and I was really inspired by his painting style.


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR JUNE 1 Bike Rodeo and Family Fun Picnic 4:00–7:00 p.m. Beyond Fitness, Paradise Cost: Free family event Info: Kelly at Youth For A Change 530.230.0221 ex. 204 or Krista at The Salvation Army at 530.872.1534 Young Alumni Night, Heat vs. Gems 2018 6:35 p.m. Nettleton Stadium, Chico Cost: $25 each Info: Tickets include seats in a designated area for CSU, Chico Alumni and all you can eat food. This is a fireworks game. 530.898.6472 or alumni@csuchico.edu\

JUNE 2 23rd Annual Microbrew Fest Manzanita Place, Chico Cost: $50 per ticket Info: The Microbrew Festival presents over 50 breweries offering a wide range of beers, ciders, and wine. The majority of the proceeds from the Microbrew Festival are put back into the community to benefit women and girls through Soroptimist sponsored programs. sibrmicrobrewfestival2018. brownpapertickets.com

KZFR presents Hanna Jane Kile Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m. 592 E 3rd Street, Chico Cost: $15 Advance tickets available Info: brownpapertickets.com/event/3387127

JUNE 6 National Run Day and Pub Run! 6:15–7:15 p.m. 241 Main Street, Chico Info: Join us at Fleet Feet Chico for a fun event, we will have a shoe demo, swag giveaways, and of course beer! RSVP today.

JUNE 7 The Kelly Brothers acoustic! 6:00–9:00 p.m. Two Twenty Restaurant, Chico Info: Join the Kelly Brothers at every Thursday Night at Two Twenty Restaurant.

JUNE 8 KZFR presents Tim Flannery and the Lunatic Fringe Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. 592 E 3rd Street, Chico Cost: $25 Advance tickets available Info: Partial benefit for Love Harder Project & KZFR brownpapertickets.com/ event/3393960

Revolution Dance presents Love Of Dance 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. showings Paradise Performing Art Center, Paradise Cost: Adults $12 (pre sale) $15 (at the door) Kids under 10 $8 (pre sale) $10 (at the door) Info: revolution.dance or 530.520.9449

JUNE 3 50th Annual 49er Fair 13548 Centerville Road, Chico 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Info: Music, Drawings and a Silent Auction! Shuttles available from Centerville Estates. 53rd Annual Pancake Breakfast Honey Run Covered Bridge, Chico 8:00–11:00 a.m. Cost: $8 | Kids under 12 $5

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JUNE 15 Pink Floyd Tribute Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m. El Rey Theater, Chico Cost: $20 in advance online | $25 night of the show at the door Info: Performed by Empty Spaces eventbrite.com/o/el-reytheater-16198683567

JUNE 17 FATHER’S DAY KZFR presents Melvin Seals & JGB Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. 592 E 3rd Street, Chico Cost: $30 Advance tickets available Info: brownpapertickets.com/event/3386937

JUNE 28 Party in the Park Music and Marketplace 5:30–8:00 p.m. Paradise Community Park, Paradise Cost: Free Info: Mixtape music that cover 60’s to Present.


Dear Dad, I find it a bit incredulous that you have been gone for 28 years now. Hard to believe that 28 years ago I stood in front of a packed St. John the Baptist’s church to deliver your eulogy. I could deliver it today, verbatim. I began by stating that you were the most intelligent man I ever knew. That fact has not changed. So many other changes have taken place. In those changes, I have noticed some remarkable parallels between you and me. First and foremost, we are both undeniably in love with our lifelong brides. Renee and I are celebrating our 43rd anniversary this month. We are also both word guys. The kind you do not want to sit and play a game of Scrabble with word guys. We also now share the fact that we both have the privilege of sharing our views about Chico publicly. Even as a young boy, I enjoyed reading your column Dotted Shorts in the then widely published Rotary whatever-it-was-called at the time. Your Herb Caen-esque column in the form of three dot journalism proved remarkable. Your fellow Rotarians both hoped for and cringed at the thought of being included between any pair of those ellipsis points. I can still see those funny white boxer shorts with, of course, those red dots at the top of your column. My current stuff seems to pale a little bit in comparison. I do, however, want to talk to you about our ongoing conversations about this city we, indeed, both care so much about. I want to share just how right you were.

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A series about juggling the juxtaposition of being a native Chicoan from our Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Dolan.

I remember the first time you told me that the freeway that forced its way right through Chico, including lower park, should have been rerouted to the west by use of Highway 32, allowing for close access to downtown Chico and the university. It would then reconnect with Highway 99 as it does today. At the time, you shared that the railroad proved the biggest hurdle and very well may have been the deal breaker. You were absolutely correct about the on ramps being too short and the inability to expand to three lanes a detriment. By no means am I comparing it to the 405, but we do have “traffic” each and every morning and every evening. Your thoughts about the Mall on Cohasset and East were also true. In light of that, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical when you shared that notion that from the freeway to Bruce Road and the Skyway to 20th Street would be an entire city in itself. You told me that the people living there would find it rare to go to downtown Chico. Known then as the New World, I just could not see it happening. Well, Meriam Park appears to be the project to, once again, prove you right. I miss those the summers “working” for you in the Salem office. I remember spending most days cutting out Chico ER articles and pictures you had marked, pasting them to typing paper and carefully filing them away. Though I did think this was a bit of an odd job, yes, pun intended, I would adore the opportunity to go through those boxes today. I so miss the fact that you have missed so much, like the marriage of both of my daughters, meeting my grandsons, and so many other things. I can, however, each Father’s Day, see you in Jim and Betty Roth’s backyard, Bloody Mary in hand, enjoying the U.S. Open. That is also one other thing we share. Cheers Dad.

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