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  • Characters of the Community: Bea Currie

    With a name fit for a princess and a childhood spent on a winery surrounded by a loving community, Bea Currie might as well have stepped out of a Californian fairy tale. Her father, John Laco, was one of ten surviving children of a French-Basque miller. John left Bustince, France like his brothers to avoid [...]

    Succeeding with Natives – Mt. Lassen CNPS Horticulture Symposium September 14

    On Sunday September 14th, 2014 the Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society will host a day-long symposium on designing your garden space to include more native plants while at the same time using far less water, creating far less maintenance for yourself, and having more life and beauty than you’ve had till [...]

    Friends of Whiskeytown’s 5th Annual Brandy Creek Beach Luau

    The Friends of Whiskeytown (FOW) will hold its 5th Annual Brandy Creek Beach Luau on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Brandy Creek Beach in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Attendees will enjoy a Polynesian style buffet, Hawaiian entertainment including dancers and a fire dancer, and a chance to bid on great prizes during the auction. Tickets [...]

    Menu Please: History, Food and Music at the French Gulch Hotel

    Compiling a list of all the owners and operators of the French Gulch Hotel would take more time and patience than Femme de Joie possesses, though possibly the Shasta Historical Society may have much of that information at their fingertips. The hotel will turn 130 next year and looks remarkably well for someone of its [...]

    Family Environment Helps Create Zero Waste at Chicobag

    It’s easy to get skeptical when you hear words like making a difference and changemaker used to describe corporations and their sustainability efforts. Wonder what it all means and if the high praise is deserved? A company in Chico is working hard to both grow its business and to be a force for good in [...]

    Portrait of an Empress, August in the Garden & North State Calendar of Regional Gardening Events

    I never did get a get picture of her. Not a drive-by snap shot, not a proper portrait. Despite regularly remarking on how lovely she was. And now that she’s gone – with the others – I go out of my way to avoid driving where I used to see her. Why bother? It’s painful [...]

    Postcards From Paris: German Pig Museum is Big Fun

    Stuttgart, Germany! Headquarters of Mercedes-Benz, city of the Porsche Museum, chilled Rieslings, vineyards terraced on steep hills, world-class shopping, jazz festivals and proud supporter of the winning team in the World Cup. So what shall your European correspondent offer you in this installment? Pigs. (Full disclosure and shameless act of self-promotion: I like pigs, serveral [...]

    Hill Country Health and Wellness Center in Round Mountain Designated a Level Three Patient-Centered Medical Home

    Hill Country Health and Wellness Center has been nationally recognized by NCQA (the National Committee for Quality Assurance) as a “Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home”. Level 3 is the highest level attainable for a medical practice. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the health care system, [...]

    Artist’s Drawing Workshops with Artist-in-Residence James Kuiper

    Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is pleased to announce a series of drawing workshops for people of all ages and abilities led by Artist-in-Residence James Kuiper.  Join Mr. Kuiper at various park locations, and learn to see Whiskeytown in new ways through art.  Art supplies will be provided for the first 8 participants.  If you have [...]


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