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Jim’s Picks: New Shasta College Play and Original Senn Jazz

The five actors in the cast of Shasta College’s new spring play “Circle Mirror Transformation” could each probably teach acting at the Redding junior college. That might be part of the point.

Shasta theater instructor Robert Soffian occasionally gathers a skilled community cast and directs a dynamic … Continue Reading

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Anderson Leaves Quite a Legacy With Community Foundation

Giving. It’s a concept that often seems so foreign amid a culture focused (obsessed?) on gaining and protecting wealth.

Kathy Ann Anderson has witnessed a different view in far Northern California, however. As CEO of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation since it began in 1999, Anderson has seen the beauty and positive results that have grown out of individuals, groups and organizations giving back to their communities … Continue Reading

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Jim’s Picks: Yogi Says Fight Through the Cold

The wicked head cold is sliding into its third week. The nice thing is I’ve got company in the misery. Many I’ve been around and spoken to (humm?) have suffered the same affliction. Everyone says the same thing. Runny nose… Continue Reading

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Debate on Free Speech at the Library Continues

A debate over free speech as it relates to distributing information in front of the Redding Library will begin a new chapter on March 2, when the Shasta Public Library Advisory Committee meets to discuss its proposed regulations. At issue… Continue Reading

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2 Young Talents to Shine in Symphony’s ‘Beauty Rising’

It’s an achievement to play a challenging piece of music accurately while maintaining good tone. Anthoni Polcari accomplishes both of those tasks, yet takes his artistry a step further. “There’s something intangible about his caliber of talent,” says North State… Continue Reading

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Jim’s Picks: Park Marina Below Cypress, Dry Branch & 127 Hours

I’m pleased the Cypress Avenue Bridge has been widened and reopened with safe, separated pedestrian and bicycle lanes. But I’m even more thrilled that Park Marina Drive below the Cypress Bridge has finally reopened. Losing that route for years was… Continue Reading