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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…

North State Architecture

North State Architecture

Shasta Historical Society is bringing noted author and architectural historian Mark A. Wilson of Berkeley to give a lecture on three influential 20th century architects: Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, and Frank Lloyd Wright on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2 PM at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding CA. Wilson is…

Voluntoodle

Voluntoodle

If you are looking to volunteer in Redding CA, Voluntoodle provides a place for you to create a profile, highlighting your experiences and interests, so that you may be paired with the perfect volunteer opportunity. If you are an organization looking for volunteers you can post your needs and see…

Your Neighbors Nextdoor

Your Neighbors Nextdoor

Yogi Berra was said to have quipped, “If you don’t go to somebody’s funeral, they won’t come to yours,” – a tongue-in-cheek aphorism that articulates the value of social networks. Robert D. Putnam’s 2001 book Bowling Alone “chronicles the collapse of American community – how we have become increasingly disconnected from one another and…

Rediscovering Main Street: Removing Failed Downtown Pedestrian Malls

Rediscovering Main Street: Removing Failed Downtown Pedestrian Malls

The jury has a verdict: “Pedestrian malls in the United States have an 89% rate of failure. Most have been removed or repurposed. Only 11% have been successful!” Approximately 200 pedestrian malls were built in U. S. cities’ downtowns, particularly during the 1960’s and 1970’s, but a study conducted by…

Can We Learn Interdependence From Rice People?

Can We Learn Interdependence From Rice People?

New York Times contributing Op-Ed writer, T. M. Luhrmann poses the provocative question: “Why Are Some Cultures More Individualistic Than Others? She quotes a study by University of Virginia psychologist, Thomas Talhelm, et. al., published in the May 9, 2014 edition of the journal Science that ascribed different orientations to the social worlds created by…

Hope in a Cynical Age

Hope in a Cynical Age

In 1936, Carl Sandburg published his book-length poem called The People, Yes. As Tasha Golden notes in Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics Vol. 1.1, this was a time when “Americans were vacillating between a belief that things would get better and a permeating cynicism created…

Making Redding A Beloved City

Making Redding A Beloved City

Rocky Slaughter was correct when he posted on Facebook “…2014 is the most significant year for change in Redding I have ever seen. The Safe City Project presentation tonight was the most forward thinking, diplomatic, level headed, straight-to-the-point discussion…” I didn’t agree with all of the 11 “solutions”, points-of-view or…

Shasta County Schools

Shasta County Schools

2013 API scores for Shasta County Schools in northern California. This State source shows race and the number of “socio-economically disadvantaged” students. School ratings from California School Ratings website use a State Rank determined by a school’s 2012 API Score in comparison to other schools with a similar grade-range in California.…

Soul of the Community

Soul of the Community

The Knight Foundation and Gallup, in their 2010 report, Soul of the Community found that what matters most in residents loving or being attached to their communities does not change much from place to place; three things are most important: Social Offerings; Openness and Aesthetics. Social Offering – places for…

Downtown Redding Transportation Plan

KIXE aired this half hour video on the the Downtown Redding Transportation Plan in October 2014. Over a decade ago, a “Preferred Alternative” for the Downtown Redding Specific Plan was crafted, which recommended re-opening Market Street to vehicular traffic between Tehama and Placer Streets and opening Butte and Yuba Streets to cross traffic through the Promenade. […]

Empathy and Compassion in Society

“We believe a compassionate world is a peaceful world.” “We believe a compassionate world is possible when every man, woman and child treats others as they would wish to be treated – with dignity, equity and respect.” “We believe all human beings are born with the capacity for compassion, and it must be cultivated for […]

California Propositions

California Propositions

Have you received your Vote-By-Mail ballot and are puzzled how to vote on the six California propositions in the November 4, 2014 general election? Ballotpedia is a “neutral, accurate, and verifiable,” wiki type resource that shows supporters, opponents, arguments, donors, campaign advertisements, media editorial positions, polls, paths to the ballot and…

Voting in the November 4th Election

Monday, October 20, 2014 is the last day to register to vote for the November 4, 2014 election. If you have not done so already, you can register to vote online.  You will need your California driver license or California identification card number; the last four digits of your social security number;…

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