Cottonwood Food Bank Seeks Donations, Higher Profile

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Shepherd’s Heart Food Bank has been a mostly word-of-mouth provider of staples to needy families in the Cottonwood area for two years. Thanks to a new alliance with the nonprofit Cottonwood Creek Watershed Group, the food bank is raising its profile and a food drive is currently under way.

Managed by Cottonwood First Baptist Church, Shepherd’s Heart distributes food and personal care items to upwards of two dozen households every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. The food bank is located in a small outbuilding next to the church and a thrift store.

“Not that many people know about the food bank. It’s been pretty low-key,” said Keith Hackney, an AmeriCorps VISTA worker with the watershed group. “We recently partnered with them. We’re just trying to get food on the shelves.”

Anderson-Cottonwood Christian Assistance (ACCA) has served as the south Shasta County food bank for many years. However, most of Shepherd’s Heart clients arrive on foot or bicycle, according to Hackney, and they have no good way of getting to the ACCA distribution center in Anderson.

The food drive is scheduled to run through April 19. Organizers are accepting just about any non-perishable food item that doesn’t come in a glass jar, but they emphasize the need for hearty staples such as canned tuna and chicken, chili, soups and beans. They also are accepting personal care items such as diapers, toothpaste and soap. Collection boxes are in place at Elegant Bean coffee house, Holiday Market and Tri-Counties Bank, all in Cottonwood. Donations also may be taken to the Cottonwood Creek Watershed Group office at 3645 Main Street, or to Cottonwood First Baptist Church at 3320 Brush Street.

To learn more or to volunteer at the food bank, contact the Cottonwood Creek Watershed Group at 347-6637.

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• Don’t forget about Run for the Wild, a fun run, walk and children’s race scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Anderson River Park. After a little exercise, you may take advantage of race organizer Shasta Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Center’s annual “Open House and Baby Shower.” The open house is the one time the center is open to the general public. Details on the run and the open house here: www.shastawildliferescue.com.

• I still take those old records off the shelf and listen to them on my turntable. Today’s music ain’t got the same soul, as a guitar player from Dearborn once sang. Still, there’s an understandable buzz around a young band coming to Bernie’s Guitar in Redding next week. The band is Joy Kills Sorrow. It’s a string band, but its lively, thoughtful music is impossible to pigeonhole. Check out the band’s Myspace page for a taste: www.myspace.com/joykillssorrowmusic. Oaksong Music Society is bringing Joy Kills Sorrow to Bernie’s on April 9. For tickets, call 223-2040.

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shigley-mugshotPaul Shigley is senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a frequent contributor to Planning magazine and old enough to remember when Bob Seger was popular. He lives in Centerville. Paul Shigley may be reached at pauls.anewscafe@gmail.com.

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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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