Gardening, guitars and other goodies


Every time I turn around someone’s squawkin’ about chickens. Chickens in your backyard and fresh eggs every morning. Sounds like a lifestyle.

Before you dive claw first into the endeavor, you might want a bit more information.

“Backyard Chickens and You” is part of the Shasta College Community Teaching Garden’s summer workshops. It takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. July 24 at the Shasta College Farm at the college’s main campus in east Redding. The workshop is $15.

The workshops continue throughout the summer and there are upcoming gardening sessions on managing insects, canning and edible native plants. Click here for more information.


Interested in building your own guitar? Redding’s own Jason Schroeder not only makes (and plays) beautiful electric guitars, he’s also imparting his knowledge in a series of clinics at his workshop off Radio Lane in south Redding.

The second of eight sessions resumes at 6:30 p.m. today (Tuesday), and the $20 fee includes dinner. Schroeder is covering every element of guitar building and the early sessions are covering such topics and wood selection, design tips and body construction.

Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Neale Heywood both own Schroeder gutiars and his instruments have been written about in magazines like Vintage Guitar, Guitar Player and Premier Guitar. To reserve a spot, call 605-0935.


San Francisco songwriter Whitney Nichole (originally from Redding) will perform at a house concert hosted by Redding’s Gerry Gitchell at 6 p.m. Saturday, (June 26) at 1306 Willis St.


Whitney Nichole

Nichole’s music has been described as an infectious blend of indie folk, pop, rock and soul. She has toured internationally and will be performing with Jamie Clark, a singer-songwriter born in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nichole described Clark as, “A consummate performer who has worked with legendary international musicians and will soon take center stage with a unique blend of new music which reaches into the listeners soul.”

Suggested donation for the show is $15. Call 356-397.

For more in Nichole, click here . For Clark, click here .


Have no fear, the next presentation of Pecha Kucha is almost here. The event features an unique presentation of, well, anything people are passionate about. It’s a forum for local artisans, designers, enthusiastists, hobbyists, artists, writers, musicians, or anyone with a passion to share what they love with their community.

Presenters use 20 Power Point slides (spending 20 seconds on each slide) to narrate six minute presentations. All sound equipment and technical equipment will be provided.

The next event is at 8:20 p.m. Friday, July 16 in The Atrium at South End of Market Street Promenade in downtown Redding. Click here for more information.

Jim Dyar

is a journalist who focuses on arts, entertainment, music and the outdoors. He is a songwriter and leader of the Jim Dyar Band. He lives in Redding and can be reached at