Calling Mr. Hanks

There have been Tom Hanks sightings in Red Bluff the past couple of weeks, and the town is abuzz over whether the famous actor might show up at a Friday benefit screening of his classic film “Big.”

Hanks, whose ailing mother lives in Red Bluff, has been spotted several times recently in places such as Wal-Mart and the Cozy Diner, said Melissa Mendonca of the Tehama County Mentoring Program.

Mendonca is hoping the actor visits the 7 p.m. showing of “Big” at the State Theatre, though she’s had no indication that he will. She’s happy that the mere possibility of his presence will help sell tickets. The benefit showing is a fundraiser for the Tehama County Mentoring Program, which recently won a Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association.

A donation from Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, made the screening possible. Tickets are only $5.

  • Mark Your Calendars for this Saturday when our pals at Jefferson Public Radio air the “West Coast Live” program that was recorded in Redding’s Cascade Theatre last November. Check it out at 1 p.m. at 1330 AM or at 3 p.m. on 89.7 FM. Guests included poets Kathryn Gessner and Pamela Spoto, authors Tony D’Souza and Robert Girardi, and musicians Gentle Thunder and One Horse Shy.
  • The California Transportation Commission has approved nearly $23 million for a big highway project on Interstate 5 in Shasta County. The project will add climbing lanes for trucks in both directions on I-5 just north of the Gas Point Road interchange near Cottonwood. The commission also approved $500,000 to add bike lanes to 6.7 miles of Route 99 in Chico. The projects are among 87 statewide approved this week.
  • Science Fun: Researchers have mapped the full migration route of the Arctic tern, and have found that the little birds’ pole-to-pole round trip measures 43,000 miles. Full story here.
  • Rules for Successful Living #16: Watch where you’re going.

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5 Responses

  1. Avatar Loves to Eat says:

    Just out of curiosity I clicked on the Science Fun site for info on the Arctic Tern. How neat to learn about these small creatures that live w-a-y longer than I ever imagined. Thanks for providing us with a little break from current world issues Steve.

  2. Doni Greenberg Doni Greenberg says:

    Apparently Tom Hanks (love that guy) ventured into Redding, too.

    A friend told me Tom Hanks ate at Moonstone Bistro the other night.

  3. Avatar Rocky Slaughter says:

    Friends on Facebook have cell phone pictures with him getting his phone fixed at a Verizon store. Apparently he has the "big" map.

  4. Avatar Rocky Slaughter says:

    Actually, Tom just started a Twitter account a few days ago

    You should be able to asses the likelihood of him showing up at the theatre by his tweets!