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Harold & Maude

Harold & Maude

Axiom Repertory Theatre is presenting the play Harold & Maude at 7:30 p.m. from February 8-25, 2018 at Old City Hall, 1313 Market Street, Redding, CA. Harold is the proverbial poor little rich kid. His alienation has caused him to attempt suicide several times, though these incidents are more cries for…

Noetic Science Transformation

How do we nurture, encourage, facilitate, and participate in the transformations in consciousness (from individuals to community) – in making significant changes in the way we perceive and shape our reality? Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) has been working on an answer to this question for over a decade, which led to the development a […]

World Interfaith Harmony Week

World Interfaith Harmony Week is observed each year from February 1-7. An initiative commemorating the first week in February was adopted by the United Nations in 2010 in recognition that “mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace.” The Euphrates Institute, headquartered in Redding CA, suggests several simple ways to […]

Shasta College Selections from the Permanent Art Collection

Shasta College Selections from the Permanent Art Collection

Shasta College Art Gallery is currently exhibiting, through February 26, 2018, Selections from the Permanent Art Collection at the Art Department Building 300, 11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding CA. There will be a reception from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2018.…

The Truth Will Set You Free

The Truth Will Set You Free

PBS Newshour reports that only “11% of Republicans and 37% of Democrats say they trust National media organizations.” In 2017 the term “fake news” was used 174 times in tweets by President Trump. Perhaps that’s why?…

Almost Vienna

Almost Vienna

North State Symphony is performing Masterworks 3: Almost Vienna on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cascade Theatre, 1731 Market Street, Redding, CA This concert explores the sounds of Vienna with a collage of favorites from many iconic composers from this famous musical hub. William Bolcom parodies…

Eco-Spirituality Wisdom Retreat

Eco-Spirituality Wisdom Retreat

Creation Spirituality Communities is offering an Eco-Spirituality Wisdom Retreat on President’s Day weekend February 16-19, 2018 at Ukiah United Methodist Church, 270 N. Pine Street, Ukiah, CA. “The retreat will offer you connection, support, renewal, encouragement and empowerment for yourself, our communities and our world. Together we will explore Earth…

Parliament of the World’s Religions

Parliament of the World’s Religions

The 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions will be held from November 1-7, 2018, in Toronto, Canada. The theme will be The Promise of Inclusion & the Power of Love.…

Art Exposed

Art Exposed

Turtle Bay Exploration Park is currently changing their Material Culture exhibit, making way for the January 27, 2018 opening of Design Zone, but you can still see Masterworks by Ansel Adams until Sunday, January 21st and Art Exposed (from Turtle Bay’s collection) through March 30, 2018.…

Small Paintings at North Valley Art League

Small Paintings at North Valley Art League

North Valley Art League will exhibit a Small Painting Show at the Carter House Gallery, 48 Quartz Hill Road, Redding CA from January 9 – February 3, 2018. A reception and awards presentation will be on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 6-8 p.m., with juror Stephen Bovee from Bisbee AZ…

Election Day 2018

Election Day 2018

Election Day 2018 is less than a year away. The ACLU of Northern California and Indivisible groups are mobilizing to score electoral wins to defeat the Trump Administration and Republican Congressional agendas and get politicians elected who represent the people rather than corporations, wealthy individuals and special interests. It matters who…

Socrates Cafe

Socrates Cafe

  “Open societies hinge on the considerate, involved and impassioned participation of an enlightened citizenry, in which everyone matters and counts.” says Christopher Phillips, founder and executive director of the non-profit Democracy Café. Christopher Phillips PhD is a philosopher and educator who wrote the book Socrates Café: A Fresh Taste…

Downtown Redding Specific Plan Update

Downtown Redding Specific Plan Update

The City of Redding is now accepting comments on the Draft Downtown Redding Specific Plan Update and would like to hear from you. Consideration of the Draft Plan by the Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled for late January; revisions to the Draft Plan may be made by staff in response to…

Community Connects Program

Community Connects Program

In 2018 Shasta Public Libraries Community Connects Program will offer monthly talks to connect with the how to and who on community topics and resources: Friday, January 12, 2018 from 12-1 p.m.: Alcohol Affects – An Intoxiclock® presentation designed to bring awareness and understanding of the effects drinking and then driving. This is an…

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

The City of Redding made several positive steps forward at the December 19, 2017 Council Meeting. Of symbolic significance, Council approved the design for a new City flag after Catalyst Young Professionals led the task of soliciting and reviewing designs, community selection, plus contributing funds. This simple but strong flag…

Order of the Sacred Earth

Order of the Sacred Earth

“I promise to be the best lover and defender of Mother Earth that I can be.” That simple vow is the focus of Order of the Sacred Earth, which is launching a movement on the Winter Solstice, Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. at the Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron Street, Berkeley, CA.…

Net Neutrality

Even though the FCC voted 3:2 on December 14, 2017 to roll back net neutrality as we know it, the quest for a free and open internet does not end! Congress can use the Congressional Review Act to reverse this hasty and misguided action and we only have 60 legislative days (when they are in […]

The Interfaith Experience

The Interfaith Experience

Candle lighting is a spiritual practice in many sacred traditions. On Thursday, December 21, 2017, at 6:30-8:00 p.m. there will be an Interfaith Sacred Experience, honoring the winter solstice (the darkest day of the year); the birth of Christ; and the sacred in all. There will be candle lighting, reflections and music – piano by…

I Love Redding

I Love Redding

Most Redding CA residents love it here and are inclined to emphasize the positive things they now enjoy and that originally attracted them to this place – the beautiful Sacramento River; nearby lakes; access to outdoor recreation; normally clean air; lack of auto traffic congestion; a small community; friendly people…

Countermeasures

Countermeasures

The right-wing Patriot Prayer Freedom Rally that was planned for Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Crissy Field in San Francisco was cancelled. The No to Marxism in America rally scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 in Berkeley was also cancelled, due to an incomplete application. Meanwhile, counter-protestors have been gathering…

Spiritual Activism Training: Beyond Resistance

Spiritual Activism Training: Beyond Resistance

The Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) has announced that they are again offering their next Spiritual Activism Training: Beyond Resistance Strategies, beginning Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 4 p.m. and ending on Sunday, October 22, 2017. The training will be conducted on Zoom, a video conferencing platform that allows us to…

Inspiring Positive Social Change

Inspiring Positive Social Change

There is an exciting merging of spirituality, neuroscience and peace-building with innovative solutions expanding across the globe. Inspiring Positive Social Change is taking place online from July 11-September 5, 2017 and “it will feature passionate and inspiring leaders in the important fields of spirituality, neuroscience, peace-building, compassion and peace education. They’ll provide…

Redding Cultural District Wins California Cultural District in State’s NEW Pilot Program

Redding Cultural District Wins California Cultural District in State’s NEW Pilot Program

Great news! Shasta County Arts Council just announced that Redding Cultural District is one of 14 districts selected throughout the state for a five-year California Cultural Districts pilot program. The announcement was made July 10, 2017 in Sacramento with Shasta County Arts Council Executive Director Debra Lucero in attendance. “We are…

Is Resistance Politics Sustainable?

Is Resistance Politics Sustainable?

Progressive voters who are very unhappy with our current President’s executive orders, cabinets appointments, policies, proposed budget and behavior have loosely organized in resistance for marches, calls and letter writing campaigns to elected officials. But are these resistance efforts sustainable and effective in changing the current conservative direction our nation…

Truthout

Truthout

“Truthout is a non-profit, subscriber-supported news website devoted to the principles of equality, democracy, human rights, accountability and social justice. We believe ardently in the power of free speech, and understand that democratic journalism can make the world a better place for all of us. As an organization, Truthout works…

Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture

For several reasons, we are supporters of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) in Shasta County. We have a partial share at Oliview Farm in Anderson where we get organic, fresh, seasonal vegetables, eggs, herbs and olive oil delivered weekly to our home in Redding. Oliview CSA is in their fourth year. They are…

The Journey Into Hope

The Journey Into Hope

Today is day 17 in Oprah and Deepak’s free 21 day meditation Hope in Uncertain Times – How Hope Goes Viral. We become personal agents of change and even “affect those around us with whom we don’t have direct contact through the connection of our shared collective consciousness. When we learn…

High-Functioning Sociopath

The United States and the world is experiencing a new, alarming, dangerous and destructive reality since January 20, 2017.

Moral Reframing for Conservative/Liberal Conversations

Moral Reframing for Conservative/Liberal Conversations

Empathy and respect. That is what will result in better conversations between conservatives and liberals according to 2015 research by Robb Willer, sociologist at Stanford University and Matthew Feinberg, Assistant Professor of organizational behavior at the University of Toronto, co-authors of How to Make Effective Political Arguments. “Research suggests such moral rhetoric…

Launch Campaigns, Not Non-Profits

Launch Campaigns, Not Non-Profits

OMG, we have not even had the Presidential inauguration yet, and I am already suffering from extreme media over-exposure fatigue from the President-elect with his disregard for facts, lack of respect for intelligence and decorum, the continuing insult responses to criticism, nepotism, lack of transparency, dangerous foreign policy by 140…

Spiritual Wisdom

Spiritual Wisdom

Everyone thinks their opinions are correct, but obviously this cannot be the case, so we should strive to be generous and try to understand the reasons for other’s beliefs. Is their/our certainty based on personal experience or have they/we just uncritically bought into someone else’s worldview? Are these values mutually…

#Be The Balm

This past year, we’ve seen political leaders use fear and anger to divide communities and undermine our shared values, both of people of faith and those who do not claim any faith community. Shared values are not beliefs, dogmas, doctrines, theology, traditions, customs or religious practices. I believe almost all of us share basic human […]

Future For Good

Future For Good

“How will we mobilize eight, nine, ten billion people into a new force for life? How will we change our minds to change our collective economic, political, and interpersonal fortunes? How will we reweave delicate biological relationships in ecosystems battered by ever-increasing temperatures? How will we see what we can…

Sense of Community

Sense of Community

This past weekend we “experienced true community” in two unexpected places. We attended a plein air painting gathering in Shelter Cove, CA, where we were warmly welcomed by the tight-knit community hosting the event. Then we visited with the sisters of the sublimely peaceful community at Redwood Monastery, where Thomas Merton…

Global Citizens

Can Tweets save the world? Did you know that there is an organization whose aim is to end extreme poverty by 2030? Over the last five years, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over six million actions to solve the world’s biggest challenges. That’s six million emails, tweets, petition signatures and phone calls […]

Contemplative Action

Contemplative Action

Are contemplating and action mutually exclusive or part of a “New Wave Emergence?” Holly Roach in Huffington Post’s Patheos Emerging Voices writes about a spirituality grounded in both action and contemplation. She interviews therapist Teresa Pasquale who talks about the “dynamism between inner and outer life forms” – beyond duality.…

Creation Spirituality

Creation Spirituality

Honoring all of creation as Original Blessing, Creation Spirituality integrates the wisdom of Eastern and Western spirituality and global indigenous cultures, with the emerging scientific understanding of the universe, and the passion of creativity. It is both a tradition and a movement, celebrated by mystics and agents of social change from every…

Redding Kindness Watch

Much attention has recently been given to crime in Redding, CA with Redding Merchants’ ReddingCrimeWatch.com; Redding Police Department’s nixle.com alerts; the Shasta County’s Most Wanted; City Council candidate Dacquisto’s “Let’s Take Back our City” tag line; Redding’s police chief Robert Paoletti’s July Town Hall meeting that drew hundreds of concerned citizens;…