Tag Archive for ‘Northern California’

Florence, Part 2: Museums as Plentiful as Cobblestone

Florence is packed full of more museums than anyone could see in one visit, so it’s important to pace yourself or face being overwhelmed by all the beauty. As I’ve mentioned before, if you need a break the best treatment is a generous serving of gelato and a slow stroll, but a glass of wine at [...]

Mistress of the Mix: Little White Christmas Lies, or Yes, Valerie, There Is A Santa Claus

When I was about 5, I started to doubt the existence of Santa Claus. I think it started when I was playing in the front yard, looked up towards the roof and noticed how small the opening of the fireplace on our house was. I’d been a first grader for four months already, and I [...]

Snowshoeing at Manzanita Lake

A rare window of opportunity presented itself on Saturday, 12/13/14 as a clear day followed a heavy snowfall. My wife Bernadette and I headed to our favorite snowshoe venue, Manzanita Lake. And there we encountered a winter wonderland. Enjoy! Andy Ooley is a local musician and Redding native. When not building ultrasonic medical equipment for [...]

Schreder, Weaver Join Majority in Moving Public Comments to End of Council Meetings

Redding’s newest City Council members stuck to their guns Tuesday and joined the majority in voting to shift the time allotted for public comments to the end of council meetings. The 4-1 vote was identical to the Dec. 2 meeting when the new council first addressed the issue, and again the council was subjected to [...]

I’m Dreaming of a … House Guest with Manners

An invitation to stay with someone is a great honor. Your host wants you to be happy, to be comfortable and to feel welcome. If you’ll be a house-guest during the holidays here are eight easy tips to ensure you’re host will be dreaming you’ll be back again next year! 1. Arrive with a gift. [...]

What Now, Redding?

A funny thing happened on the way to the voting booth this year; Redding voters elected the most progressive city council in memory. While already pretty stunning when you consider the conservative tilt of our community, this took place within the context of an almost overwhelming conservative landslide nationally. There are many possible reasons for [...]

North State Open Mics: December 15 – December 21

If you strum a guitar and sing at home, and find that the dogs don’t howl and the family doesn’t drive away on some imaginary errand, it might be time to try an open mike/mic. Learn two or three songs, head out to one of our North State venues, introduce yourself to the host, and [...]

Free Therapy # 51: The Deep Meaning of Christmas (According to me, Jim and Jesus) And you?

I must have been about ten when I thought my mother was dead. I had no evidence. None. There was no reason for the fear. It was just a thought that popped into my brain. I was home alone on a school day, pretending to be sick. My brother and sister were at school and [...]

Turtle Bay Collecting Donations for People of Progress

Turtle Bay Exploration Park is accepting donations throughout the holiday season and, in return, offering $2 off admission to guests. In the spirit of the season of giving, Turtle Bay is collecting new or unexpired canned or dry foods, toys, warm gloves (not knitted), socks, sleeping bags, and blankets to be donated to local non-profit [...]

North State Live Music: December 17 – December 21

Wednesday, December 17 Mike Dillon at Northern Delights in Hayfork. All ages. (530) 628-5246. The Christmas Jug Band at the Palms Playhouse in Winters at 8 p.m. 21 and over. (530)795-1825. —– Thursday, December 18 Dave Westfall at the Grape Escape in Redding at 7:00 p.m. 21 and over. (530) 244-8463. —– Friday, December 19 Sara Hoxie at the California Brewing Company in Palo Cedro at 6:30 p.m. All ages. (530) 222-2739. Jimmy Limo at Cooper’s Bar [...]

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