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Eat A Sandwich, Prevent Child Abuse

One tri-tip sandwich every six seconds for 2 1/2 hours. That’s what organizers of the Shasta County Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council intend to serve during Thursday’s fundraising barbecue in Redding.

During last year’s inaugural barbecue fundraiser, organizers planned to build 1,000 sandwiches. It wasn’t enough.

“Last year we sold out after the first hour and we had to turn away so many people that is was disappointing,” said the council’s Lorie Harris. They scrambled to find the fixings for an addition 100 lunches, but that was the best they could do with no notice.

This year, organizers are ready to serve 1,500 sandwiches. “It’s a lot of sandwiches in 2 1/2 hours,” said Harris, and it would not be possible without the Cowboys’ big event catering expertise.

The barbecue is set for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, at 1525 Court Street, behind the District Attorney’s office. Tickets cost $8, for which you get a barbecue sandwich, chips and a beverage. Organizers strongly encourage people to get tickets in advance so that they won’t be disappointed on Thursday. People without tickets in hand should plan to show up before noon on Thursday, according to Harris.

Tickets are available at the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council office, 2280 Benton Drive, Building C, Suite A, in Redding. For details or to find other ticket outlets, contact Harris at 241-5816, ext. 202.

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• It’s hard to imagine anything lower than bilking money from an older person who has lost his or her mental faculties. It’s one small step away from knocking down grandma to steal her purse. But apparently it happens all the time. To teach people how to prevent this form of “elder abuse,” Shasta County Adult Protective Services, the Sheriff’s Office and the Redding Police Department are conducting a forum from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, at the library, 1100 Parkview Avenue, Redding. There will be a video presentation and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

• I was disappointed but not surprised to learn that Code Red, the pizza-by-the-slice/coffee house at Placer and California in downtown Redding, has closed after about a year of operation. I’ll spare you my Monday morning quarterback opinion as to why the business didn’t survive. I’ll simply say that downtown Redding really needs that corner to bustle with foot traffic. Hey, how about a Starbucks? Oh, wait … that didn’t work, either.

• On a brighter note, Brick’s Smokehouse appears to making a go of it in the very tiny cinderblock building on Placer Street, between Court and Oregon in downtown. How many hot dog stands and coffee joints have failed at that location? Brick’s often has a line out the door at lunchtime, which is always a good sign. I stopped by recently and tried the pulled pork sandwich. It had a generous but manageable amount of very tender pork, coleslaw and a tasty bun. I ordered the spicy sauce, yet the sandwich needed a little more zip. Still, it was promising. If you get shut out of the fundraising barbecue on Thursday, Brick’s would be an alternative.

• April 2 is the deadline to register for “The Roots of our Health Leadership Summit” organized by the Shasta County Public Health Department. The free, daylong event is scheduled for April 21 at the Gaia Hotel in Anderson. The event is intended to get community leaders in the fields of medicine, child development, education, economic development, business, and government thinking about improving overall community health. For details, call the public health department at 245-6840.

Paul Shigley is senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a frequent contributor to Planning magazine and co-author of Guide to California Planning, a reference book and college text. He lives in Centerville. Paul Shigley can be reached at pauls.anewscafe@gmail.com.