The McConnell Foundation Boosts Trail Building Effort

The McConnell Foundation recently awarded $420,000 to the Mount Shasta Trail Association to help develop a multi-use trail system between the city of Mount Shasta and Mount Shasta Ski Park on Forest Service lands. “The Foundation believes that multi-use trail… Continue Reading

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Reception, Presentation for Linda Vivas’ ‘Birth-Mirth-Morph-Earth’

Siskiyou Arts Council Gallery, 418 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd., opens Linda Vivas‘s show, “Birth~Mirth~Morph~Earth,” with a reception on Friday (Aug. 19), from 6 to 9 p.m. and a special presentation at 7:30. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.… Continue Reading

‘Get Outta Town’ and March to a Different Drummer

We were fortunate to have the Mt. Shasta Taiko Drummers in Redding, two years in a row, for the ArtHop anniversary in July. What a treat! I am mesmerized by them every time. I’m not just in awe of the… Continue Reading

Japanese Drum Fest ShastaYama Returns to Mt Shasta

In the alpine beauty of Northern California, at the base of majestic Mount Shasta, a cultural phenomenon has taken hold. ShastaYama — Shasta Taiko’s festival of Japanese taiko drumming, dance, and music — merges art and nature to uplift spirits and celebrate life.

Shasta Taiko will be celebrating its 26th year by presenting its 7th Annual ShastaYama Festival on Saturday, July 30th at Mount Shasta’s Shastice Park. Founding members of Shasta Taiko and the Festival, Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer, are recognized pioneering taiko leaders who are com Continue Reading

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4 Friends, 1 4-by-4 and 24 Hours

A grown-up girlfriend sleepover was arranged in November so we four friends could catch up. Our thinking was that it had been so long since we’d really, really talked that an hour or so for lunch wouldn’t leave a dent in the conversational ground we had to cover. For this, we needed… Continue Reading