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People of Redding Project

This 14-minute YouTube video from SCAC.tv is from the Redding Area Homelessness Coalition Project Strategy Plan presentation on July 16, 2016. Melissa Englebright of People of Redding Project puts a face on homelessness in Redding CA. Watch the full Strategy Plan to Solve Homelessness in Redding presentation here. Having a problem watching this YouTube Video? Google […]

Shasta Public Libraries

Shasta Public Libraries

Do you know that Shasta Public Libraries has much more than books and magazines? They have Library Services that include such things a genealogy help, meeting rooms, piano for practice and even free passes to Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Through their Overdrive  program you can get online eBooks, audiobooks, and videos. You can check…

Co-creating Generative Space in Community

Co-creating Generative Space in Community

“You don’t analyze and engineer a generative space. You host and you convene and you narrate.” Bill Templeman What does it take to co-create and hold a generative space in community? What questions do we start with? What are the design constraints to generate real, felt change? How does individual…

Redding Needs More Tourists

Redding Needs More Tourists

I read Jim Warnemuende’s editorial “Redding Needs a Destination” as a double entendre to mean not only a clear vision for the future, but also a geographical place to go, intentionally. What I propose is that Redding needs more affluent I-5 travelers, passing through, driving between the Bay Area and Portland to make Redding…

Healthy Retail

Healthy Retail

ChangeLab Solutions asserts that “retail environments affect community health.” “In many places, people lack access to fruits and vegetables, but can find tobacco, non-nutritious foods and beverages, and alcohol all too easily. Perhaps not surprisingly, tobacco use, poor nutrition, and excessive alcohol use are among the leading causes of chronic and…

Redding Area Homelessness Coalition Project Update

Redding Area Homelessness Coalition Project Update

The public is invited to hear an update presentation by the Redding Area Homelessness Coalition Project on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) at the Red Lion Hotel Sierra Room in Redding CA. The report Shasta County Homeless Snapshot, Compilation of Community Data will be discussed.…

#HackForChange

#HackForChange

#HackForChange is happening in Redding on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Shasta Venture Hub, 4300 Caterpillar, Redding CA. RSVP at the #HackForChange Facebook Event Page. Help build & promote an app for the City of Redding. Not into tech? Join anyway, our community needs your ideas! Here’s the schedule: 2:00-2:30…

Sundae Serenade at All Saints

Sundae Serenade at All Saints

All Saints’ Episcopal Church is sponsoring Sundae Serenade on June 17, 2016 from 7-9 p.m. at 2150 Benton Drive, Redding CA. This fundraising event will feature big band era live music, dancing, a tribute to veterans, and an ice cream social. Musical guests will include Lou White and the Band, the Foothill High School…

Shasta Trails Dedication in Old Shasta

Shasta Trails Dedication in Old Shasta

The McConnell Foundation is hosting the dedication of the new trail system at the Middle Creek Mining Park & Amphitheater in Old Shasta, at the west end of the paved road northeast of Highway 299 on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. This is a chance to…

Building Healthy Communities

Around the world, communities face pressing health challenges related to the built environment. This 5 minute video encourages individuals, organizations, governments and private developers to collaborate and build healthy communities. “Builders, urban planners, architects and transportation leaders are health professionals. They don’t think of themselves as white coat folks, they don’t think of themselves as […]

State of Downtown Redding 2016

State of Downtown Redding 2016

Viva Downtown Redding is presenting the 17th annual State of Downtown on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Atrium at the south end of the Market Street Promenade, 1400-1670 Market Street, Redding CA. This event is Free to the public with a social time with complimentary food and drink 5…

Redding City Council Candidates

Redding City Council Candidates

Compared with our current national political spectacles, the bids for the two open, non-partisan, Redding City Council seats in November 2016 is very positive, civil and sedate! There are some good people running and you may not have heard much from them yet. Here’s a few links and a little…

TEDxRedding Salon

TEDxRedding Salon

TEDxRedding Salon: Spoken Word, Music, and Performance Art is being held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6 p.m. at The Dip, 1730 California Street, Redding, CA. Enjoy pre-recorded TED Talks focused on Spoken Word, Music, and Performance Art.  Equally stirring as the standard TED talks, let the melodic verse of spoken word poetry move…

Redding Needs a Destination

Redding Needs a Destination

This is a guest editorial blog by Jim Warnemuende PhD: “If you were taking a trip, your first step would be to determine where you wanted to go. You would not pack your car or select maps without having a destination. I am guided in planning my trips and my…

Vaisakhi Festival 2016

Vaisakhi Festival 2016

The 2016 Vaisakhi Festival and Day for Non-violence is being held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sikh Centre, 5400 Sikh Centre Drive, Anderson, CA. There will be a Punjabi Kitchen with free Punjabi food, multi-cultural folk music, workshops and live demonstrations. The…

Kool April Nites 2016

Kool April Nites 2016

The 27th annual Kool April Nites will run April 16 – 24, 2016 with The Cruise on Friday, April 22nd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and the Main Car Show at the Redding Civic Auditorium on Saturday, April 23rd from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 2000+ cars displayed, 1979 and older. There will also be nightly…

A Taste of History

A Taste of History

Enjoy an evening of wine, food, and friends of the Shasta Historical Society at the fourth annual A Taste of History fundraiser on Thursday, May 26th, 2016  5:30-8:00 p.m. at Shasta Historical State Park, HWY 299 Shasta, CA Participate in both a silent and live auction, experience Shasta SHP at night. Tickets are…

Collective Impact

Collective Impact

Collective Impact happens when a core group of people or organizations come together around a shared goal with a common set of strategies and metrics – no individual agendas; no duplication. Everyone bringing their strengths to the table to solve a social issue that cannot be solved alone. The five…

Banff Street Fair 2016

Banff Street Fair 2016

The Banff Street Fair: An Outdoor Adventure Festival is a free community event, celebrating sporting and outdoor lifestyles, will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 2-6 p.m. on Market street in front of the Cascade Theatre in Redding CA. The event, hosted by Catalyst Young Professional Group, is intended to highlight local providers…

Supporting KKRN

Supporting KKRN

Come out tonight, March 8, 2016 and show your support for KKRN 88.5 FM while enjoying a delicious meal, half-off brews and live music by Jim Dyar & Jonathan Foster at the Savory Spoon in their new downtown Redding CA location at 1440 Placer Street. KKRN’s purpose is “to share…

Shasta Land Trust Wildways

Shasta Land Trust Wildways

Shasta Land Trust‘s first Wildways event of 2016, labeled “Steam, Sawdust, and Sustainable Forestry,” will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Oak Run, CA. Visit the last fully steam-powered commercial lumber mill in the United States at Phillips Brothers Mill. Co-owner Gary Hendrix will share…

Women’s Day 2016

Women’s Day 2016

Northstate Women’s Health Network is holding their third annual International Women’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 5-8 p.m. at the Atrium, 1670 Market Street in downtown Redding CA. The theme for this year’s global event is #PledgeforParity. Worldwide, women are making gains in the social, economic, cultural and…

TEDxRedding Salon on Wonder

TEDxRedding Salon on Wonder

TEDxRedding Salon on Wonder is being held Wednesday March 2, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at Schreder Planetarium, 1644 Magnolia Street, Redding, CA. This salon features TED talk videos curated to inspire WONDER. Seating is limited and will be first-come, first-served. Join the group downtown afterward at Vintage Wine Bar and…

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Today, February 8, 2016 is the beginning of Chinese New Year, a 2-week festival celebrated at the start of the new moon. The Chinese zodiac consists of a 12-year cycle, each year of which is named after a different animal that imparts distinct characteristics to its year. Chinese tradition says that the…

Hops and Shops Brewfest

Hops and Shops Brewfest

Viva Downtown and Wildcard Brewing Co. are presenting Hops and Shops Brewfest on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 2-6 p.m. in downtown Redding CA. 15 breweries featured inside 15 shops. The event kicks off at The Atrium at the south end of the Promenade Mall and continues in 15 shops. The goal…

High Speed Internet for Downtown Redding

High Speed Internet for Downtown Redding

Most people improperly think of the internet being up there in the cloud somewhere (like heaven? sic) and misunderstand the physicality and human involvement that makes it possible for us to communicate almost instantaneously around the world. Earlier this week Rachel Hatch and the Pop-up-Book-Club initiated a Skype conversation with…

Love & Belonging

Love & Belonging

Shasta College Office of Access  & Equity is having a speaker series on Love & Belonging on Thursdays in February 2016 and at various afternoon dates and times in March 2016. All will be presented at the Student Center Stage except the film screening, which will be in Room 802: Thursday,…

Public Safety Blueprint Study

Public Safety Blueprint Study

The City of Redding has set up a webpage with a link to the final Matrix Consulting Group’s Public Safety Blueprint Study (released mid December 2015) and a form for community input. Here are my views. A primary conclusion of the study is that public safety is more reactive than proactive, even…

Cascade Theatre Signature Gala

Cascade Theatre Signature Gala

Dance the night away under the lights of the historic Cascade Theatre on Friday, February 12, 2016 from 7-10 p.m. Hosted by Linda Bott, this elegant evening cannot be missed! Sip on complimentary champagne and snack on passed hors d’oeuvres while you mingle with friends and bid on a fantastic…

Public Safety Blueprint Study

Public Safety Blueprint Study

The final, 392-page Redding and Shasta County, CA Public Safety Blueprint Study dated December 3, 2015 has been reviewed by public agencies and finally been released to the public. The Executive Summary identifies both Short Term Recommendations and Longer Range Choices and has the following ‘high level’ findings: “Redding is addressing a problem with…

Redding Adopt-A-Block Program

Redding Adopt-A-Block Program

The City of Redding, Solid Waste Utility has established a street or block adoption program to encourage individuals, families, businesses, and service organizations to get involved in community beautification. Here’s how it works: A representative from your group or organization will need to act as an Adopt-a-Block Captain (contact person)…

City of Redding Using Nextdoor

City of Redding Using Nextdoor

Starting November 4, 2015 the City of Redding, Community Services Department joined the Nextdoor platform. The Parks Division specifically plans to share important news and notifications that are relevant to the 129 neighborhoods identified in Redding CA. Please be assured that your Nextdoor website remains private. City staff will not…

KKRN Fall 2015 Pledge Drive

KKRN Fall 2015 Pledge Drive

Friends of community Radio station KKRN 88.5 FM will want to support their Fall 2015 Pledge Drive during the week of October 26-31, 2015. The famous KKRN Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 8 am until noon. That day will be the change back to standard time…

TEDx Redding 2015

TEDx Redding 2015

TEDx Redding invites you as community to watch several outstanding TED talks (ideas worth sharing) under the stars on Redding’s Downtown Promenade on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 7-9 PM. These talks have a message relevant to Redding CA. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and sense of wonder. Bike valet…

Citizenship and Leadership

Citizenship and Leadership

“How do we speak the questions we don’t know how to ask each other?” “Can we find ways to bridge gulfs between us about politics, morality, and life itself?” “Can we do that even while we continue to disagree, passionately?” “How is technology playing into all this, and how can…

Indigenous People’s History Show and Street Fair

Indigenous People’s History Show and Street Fair

Shasta Historical Society is presenting an Indigenous People’s History Show and Street Fair at the Cascade Theatre on October 17, 2015. The five historical Indigenous Tribes of Shasta County have joined together with the Shasta Historical Society to create this one of a kind event. Street Fair – This free event starts at…

French Country Market 2015

French Country Market 2015

French Country Market will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Pilgrim Congregation Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding, CA.…

Art of Hosting

I belong to SCIF, a local interfaith organization where the facilitator repeatedly refers to my blog as Redding Voices – this is probably an unconscious desire to emphasize both our members’  commonalities and our differences. Yes, there are many voices or points of view (religious, political, class, ethnic, education level, family history, experience, values, etc.) […]

Promenade Action Plan

Promenade Action Plan

the Downtown Redding Transportation Plan shows Market Street open to vehicular traffic between Tehama and Placer Streets.…

Upstream Dream

Upstream Dream

United Way's Prosperity Initiative has a work group for "Building Community Pride and Identity/Enhancing Civic Engagement focusing on branding the community/retelling our Story; common community calendar; and building a robust volunteer system.…

Sheraton Redding at Sundial Bridge

Sheraton Redding at Sundial Bridge

Escrow has finally closed on the land purchase for the four-star Sheraton Redding at the Sundial Bridge and ground breaking is scheduled to start within two weeks! This will help Turtle Bay achieve financial independence and sustainability and provide other benefits for the city of Redding. The hotel will be…

Struggling To Get By In Shasta County

Struggling To Get By In Shasta County

United Way of California just released their new financial stability report Struggling To Get By, documenting the real costs of living in California’s communities in 2015, based on household composition. Here are some of the key findings: One in three California households (31%) do not have sufficient income to meet their basic costs…

Making Redding More Livable

Making Redding More Livable

What would make Redding, or any city for that matter, more “livable?” The answer to this question is found partly in Better Plans for Better Places, a recent report by the Institute of Sustainable Communities, which revealed a common set of themes about what it means for US cities to become more livable.…

Redding’s Market Street Faire 2015

Redding’s Market Street Faire 2015

The Market Street Faire on the Promenade starts tonight and will run for two months (June and July, except July 2nd) – June 4, 2015 to July 30, 2015. There will be live entertainment; certified farmers market; arts and crafts vendors; food vendors; children’s activities and more. Here’s a list…

Prosperity

Prosperity

For several months United Way of Northern California has been bringing together a diverse group of community leaders to “create lasting solutions to multi-generational poverty issues and the effects of those issues in our local community.” Rather than just deal with symptoms they want to address the root causes issues of…

Day of Nonviolence

Day of Nonviolence

The Sikh Community in Shasta County is celebrating Vaisakhi Mela and a Day for Non-Violence at the Sikh Center, 5400 Sikh Centre Drive, Anderson, CA on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM. All are welcome to enjoy a free Punjabi meal. The event will feature workshops…

Streets Alive!

Streets Alive!

Shasta Living Streets is having its Family Bicycling Day on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 9 am to 4 pm. On this day, California Street in downtown Redding CA is transformed into a car-free zone for your Sunday enjoyment. Family, friends and neighbors meet and experience downtown in a new…

Kool April Nites 2015

Kool April Nites 2015

Kool April Nites 2015 has been underway in Redding CA since Saturday, but there are more show and shines, fundraisers,  breakfasts and entertainment, plus the official cruise on Friday and the Big Show on Saturday: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Cross Petroleum Show & Shine – Redding Civic Auditorium (outside the Mega…

Main Street Needs to Be a Street

Main Street Needs to Be a Street

The old downtown Redding mall no longer has a roof overhead, but the uninviting, hardscape environment with many vacant buildings rarely sees much people activity except for periodic special events. It’s a ghost town most days. The March 25, 2015 community workshop of the Downtown Redding Transportation Plan at the…