It Would Be Madness To Sit Around This Weekend


If you find yourself sitting around with nothing to do this weekend except watching basketball on TV, well … dang, there’s no reason for it. It’s springtime and there’s stuff going on around here.

I’ll highlight of few of the activities and events that sound especially inviting. You should check the nifty calendar on A News Cafe for a complete list, because my compilation is not comprehensive.

• Dia de Cesar Chavez is Friday – as in today – in Anderson. Northern Hispanic Latino Coalition is organizing a short march beginning at 6 p.m. at the Anderson City Hall Community Center, 1887 Howard Avenue. A fund-raising dinner and slide-show of the labor leader will follow, starting at about 6:40 p.m. I’ve heard awfully good things about the food at this event in the past. Details at

• The 2010 Spring Home and Garden Expo runs Friday through Sunday at the Shasta District Fairgrounds in Anderson. Lots of vendors and experts at this event. Details at

• The Dance Project wraps up its latest show, “Steppin’ Out!” on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Cascade Theatre. Details at

• My homeboy Jim Dyar and his band play Vintners’ Cellar, at California and Placer streets in downtown Redding, on Friday night. I understand that tie-dye apparel is in order. The groovin’ starts at 6:30.

• Turtle Bay Exploration Park’s Jeans, Jewels & Jazz extravaganza is Saturday evening at the Redding Convention Center. Expect lots of gourmet food, specialty drinks, live and silent auctions of all kinds of cool stuff, and music by Dave Short’s Sax Therapy. You’ll need to get tickets by the close of business on Friday. To reserve those tickets, call 242-3130. More details at

• Local Kiwanis and Key Clubs will be conducting a big food drive on Saturday morning. You might see club members pushing donated shopping carts around your neighborhood to collect donations. There also will be food drops spread around numerous towns in the region. Donated items will go to local food banks.

• The group trying to develop a Northern California veterans museum has put together a 1940s-style USO dinner and dance on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Yuba Street, in Redding. The Straight Ahead Big Band will provide music for the event, which also includes a buffet dinner and auction. The meeting and greeting begin at 5:30 p.m. Details at

• Redding Mountain Biking club is hosting a trail work day on Sunday to repair a section of the Brandy Creek Trail (also known as the Ice Box trail). Volunteers will be working on a piece of trail just uphill from the short bridge, where the small pond used to be located. Rain and usage have eroded the trail pretty badly. Helpers should meet at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at Sunset Marketplace, corner of Eureka Way and Buenaventura, for a carpool to the trail.

shigley-mugshotPaul Shigley is senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a frequent contributor to Planning magazine and a sucker for authentic tamales. He lives in Centerville. Paul Shigley may be reached at

has been a professional journalist since 1987. For 12 years, he served as editor or senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a statewide trade publication for land use planners, real estate development professionals and attorneys. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter or editor at newspapers in Redding, Grass Valley, Napa and Calistoga. Shigley's work also has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Planning magazine, Governing magazine, California Law Week, National Speed Sport News and elsewhere. In addition, he is co-author of Guide to California Planning, a college text and reference book, and is currently working on a book for the American Planning Association about the Bay Delta and California water resources. A graduate of California State University, Sacramento, Shigley has contributed to A News Cafe since 2009. He and his wife, Dana, live in western Shasta County.
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4 Responses

  1. Avatar roy says:

    I find it odd, that of all the activities you listed, you left out the "first" offical welcome home to Viet Nam Veterans Saturday(Mar 27th) I believe it starts at 9am till 4pm

    • Actually, Paul did say that there is more on anewscafe's calendar. I checked and the Vietnam Veteran's event is on the calendar with lots of information. Here's the link for those that are interested in learning more.

      For those who know about events and want to get the word out, anewscafe's calendar is a great way to let people know. It's free and is viewed more than 5,000 times per month. Just go to the calendar and click the add your event tab at the top right corner of the calendar.

  2. Avatar roy says:

    Oops, my bad, thanks for the correction

  3. Avatar Barbara Webb says:

    Don't forget the season opener for the Redding Rollergirls! Taking on the Tahoe Derby Dames. The action starts at 8pm at Big League Dreams, doors open at 7. We have sold hundreds of pre-sale tickets and its going to be a full house! $12 at the gate! Get there early to get a seat!