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Beyond Fear and Hope

Fear draws a big crowd and is a negative motivator to create community reaction. We saw that in the large crowd drawn by Redding Police Chief Paoletti on July 30, 2014 in response to concerns about the rising visibility of local crime. Hope is harder to find, but possible in the face of challenges. It […]

With the Strength of Our Ancestors

To many Shasta County residents, Win-River Resort & Casino is all that is known of the native-American Winnemem Wintu, Pit River and Yana tribes. The 44 minute documentary With the Strength of Our Ancestors, narrated by Peter Coyote is a well-told history of Redding Rancheria. I recommend it. It tells the fascinating story of the how in […]

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;…

Stand Up for Turtle Bay

Scores of people showed up September 24, 2014 for a rally in support of a YES vote on Proposition B in November ballot to allow construction of a Sheraton Hotel to proceed. Mayor Bosetti and Vice-Mayor Francie Sullivan and others spoke up and gave strong support for passage and the value of…

Good Things Are Happening in Redding, CA

Good Things Are Happening in Redding, CA

Rick Bosetti, Mayor of Redding, CA delivered the State of the City 2014 address to a packed crowd at the Civic Auditorium at noon on September 23, 2014. Twice Bosetti brought up the vexing topic of crime, but as a retiring Mayor he preferred to emphasize the good things that…

TEDXRedding 2014 Postponed

TEDxRedding 2014, planned at the Cascade Theatre has been postponed from its original date of October 11, 2014 until 2015. In the meantime, check out upcoming TEDxRedding Salon on Water at the Quarry Patio Turtle Bay Exploration Park on September 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM. This salon in an opportunity to think publicly…

National Night Out August 5, 2014

National Night Out August 5, 2014

The Redding Police Department, along with representatives of City government and the neighborhoods in Redding will participate in this year’s National Night Out celebration to be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. This is the 31st anniversary for National Night Out and the 26th year the Redding Police Department…

Yes on Measure B Debate

Revive Redding is having their first public debate on the merits of passing Redding Measure B with a yes vote in November 2014. The debate will be held Monday, August 4, 2014 at 6 PM at the Destiny Fellowship Church, 2570 S Bonnyview Rd, Redding, CA 96001. They will debate in front of…

Yes… And

The Record Searchlight, as a a local newspaper, serves as a valuable forum for engaging community conversation because of it’s editorial opinions and columns, four of which have caught my recent attention: Missy McArthur’s  July 25, 2015 Speak Your Piece on Crime. Silas Lyon’s July 26, 2014 Opinion Column on Easy…

Redding XPRIZE

The idea of XPRIZE is an incentivized prize competition where an award is given to the first team to achieve a specific goal. XPRIZE as an organization was formed in 1995 and as described by The Huffington Post, “XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s grand challenges by creating and managing large-scale,…

Compassionate Cities

Karen Armstrong’s 2008 TED award of $100,000 resulted in the launch of the Charter for Compassion and ultimately the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities  – a global campaign inspired by the Golden Rule (treat all others as you wish to be treated yourself). The purpose of the Compassionate Cities Campaign is “to encourage city leadership from around the […]

Prayer for The United States of America

by Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk PRAYER FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Creator, please help us to remember that the burden of responsibility for freedom means caring enough to not ignore the things that are hard to witness in the news. Please help us to remember that if others are living through…

Well-Being Index for Redding, CA

Let’s change the conversation for the upcoming Council election for Redding, CA If the City of Santa Monica can have a “well-being” index, so can Redding! Fast Company tells more of this story. Let’s work on this together.

We have FAITH, IN Redding, CA

This Saturday, June 28, 2014 a small group of members and friends of Pilgrim Church in Redding, CA will gather at the Redding Public Library Fireside Room at 10 AM to locally launch the FAITH, IN project: We have FAITH, IN Redding. We are looking for ways each of us can improve the happiness and well-being of […]

Walkable Community vs. More Room

One of the interesting findings of Pew Research Center for the People and the Press‘ recent study on political polarization is that “liberals want walkable communities and conservatives prefer more room.” “Most Americans, regardless of their ideological preferences, value communities in which they would live close to extended family and…

Symbolic Patriotism and Reverse-Terrorism

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; but it was not until August 1949, that a National…

TEDxRedding Salon: Transportation Innovation

TEDxRedding Salon: Transportation Innovation

Catalyst Redding Young Professionals is presenting TEDxRedding Salon: Transportation Innovation on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM at Vintage Wine Bar & Restaurant, 1790 Market Street, Redding, CA 96001 Join TEDxRedding in its timely examination of community transportation innovations and related topics as presented in pre-recorded TED Talks. This salon is the third in a…

Market Street Faire

Market Street Faire 2014 will be held in the Market Street Promenade in downtown Redding, CA on Thursdays from 5:00- 8:30 PM.  The event season will begin June 5, 2014 and end July 31, 2014 (excluding July 3rd). Included this year will be a Certified Farmers Market; local musical acts and…

Prosperity For All

On June 11-13, 2014, the 12th Annual BALLE Conference is being held in Oakland, CA and it will bring hundreds of entrepreneurs and local business leaders together around the Localist movement. Their goal is to “create a new economy with a living and breathing heart of justice at its center.” BALLE envisions that “a global system of human-scale, […]

Redding’s Well-Being Rating

Redding’s Well-Being Rating

I love living in Redding! As someone who has recently retired and moved to Redding just three years ago, the notion that many in the community have a low sense of well-being is almost incomprehensible because my sense of well-being is so high. But then I am not in the…

Well-Being Through Integration

Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Dan J. Siegel says both enzymes and emotions have something to do about well-being. Well-being is about integration. Integration is “a word we use to describe how different elements can be brought together in a functional way to create harmony in our lives.” The human mind is not just about how molecules interact […]

Bowling Alone

Robert D. Putnam’s book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, published in 2000, chronicles the rise of civic participation during the fifties and sixties, followed by what he describes as a decline in social capital over the next three decades. Social capital refers to connections among individuals –…

Being Fully Human

Being Fully Human

Being fully human is more than the pursuit of happiness. SoWhatFaith.com brought to my attention Daisy Grewal’s February 18, 2014 article in Scientific American, A Happy Life May Not Be a Meaningful Life,  and the difference between happiness and meaningfulness: Happy – “According to recent research, happiness “was strongly correlated with…

Identity

We’re all made up of different stories…. What’s Yours?  Identity: An Exhibition of You is a new exhibit at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, CA from May 10 to September 1, 2014. “It takes a look at YOU, exploring the physical, psychological, and social elements that make you tick! Identity uses the familiar (our…

State of Downtown Redding

Viva Downtown Redding is presenting State of Downtown on Thursday May 8, 2014 at the Cascade Threatre.  Meet & Greet is from 5 PM to 5:30 PM with the program from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM You are invited to “see how downtown Redding is becoming more successful and voice your…

Family Bicycling Day in Redding

Shasta Living Streets invites you to Family Bicycling Day on Parkview Avenue, Redding, CA on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 10 AM to 4 PM. This Sunday, Parkview Avenue from South Market Street to the Sacramento River will be transformed into a car-free zone for public enjoyment, allowing family, friends,…

National Day of Civic Hacking

National Day of Civic Hacking

The National Day of Civic Hacking is actually a two-day event on Saturday May 31, 2014 – Sunday June 1, 2014. There will be 81 events in 69 cities, including Redding, CA! The weekend provides opportunities to for citizens to engage using proven models provided by Code for America, [freespace], Transparency…

The Next Generation

This video is 3 years old, but Paul Taylor of Pew Research has a new book called The Next Generation. Click here for a great animation of Two Dramas in Slow Motion. Millennials in Adulthood is also a short portrait worth reading. The Amazon book review has this to say about The Next Generation: “The […]

Kool April Nites 2014

  Kool April Nites 2014 has been underway in Redding, CA since last week, but Friday night, April 25, 2014, from 6:30 PM to 8 PM is the official Cruise on Dana/Churn Creek/Cypress/Hilltop. Saturday, April 26, 2014 is the Big Show at the Redding Civic Auditorium from 9 AM to…

League of Women Voters Election Forum

League of Women Voters Election Forum

The League of Women Voters of the Redding Area is having a Election Forum from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the Community Room at the Redding Library or at the Anderson Community Center. April 24, 2014 – Candidates for the U. S. 1st Congressional District (Redding Library Community Room) May 1, 2014…

Redding CA Well-Being

Redding CA Well-Being

As New York Times best-selling author Tom Rath notes in his book Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, well-being is “far more than health and wealth—it’s the combination of many aspects of life. Well-being is about the interaction between physical health, finding your daily work and experiences fulfilling, having strong social relationships and access…

Shasta Women’s Fund

We support The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation because: In Shasta County 47% of single mothers with children under the age of 5 live in poverty. Substantiated child maltreatment in Shasta is more than twice the California state rate. 80% of children who live in a home…

Leadership Redding

Leadership Redding is a program of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. It’s mission is “to create a well-informed citizenry dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Redding Region through civic and community involvement.” They believe that “a vibrant, caring community is the result of an active, engaged citizenry. Through…

The Great Kindness Challenge

Schools and community members are encouraged to come together January 27-31, 2014 and participate in The Great Kindness Challenge. Between, Monday, January 27 and Friday, January 31, 2014 students nationwide will be provided with a checklist of 50 kind deeds to perform and create positive change. The Great Kindness Challenge was created by Kids…

Year of the Horse

The Chinese New Year starts January 31, 2014 of the western calendar and lasts until the Lantern Festival 15 days later. The fifteenth day is the first full moon of that lunar year. This year will be known as the year of the horse. Expect new years and valentine day parties. Locally, the…

A Day of Service, Not a Day Off

January 20, 2014 is a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but it is a National Day of Service, not a day off. Community service projects are being coordinated by AmeriCorps. Or find volunteer opportunities near Redding at AllForGood.org. You might also want to attend some of…

Reclaiming The Promise: AFT vs. ALEC

Monday, December 9, 2013 was a National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education: Our Schools, Our Solution. AFT American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten noted “Today’s National Day of Action is the largest coordinated action to reclaim the promise of public education in recent memory. Parents,…

Happy Thanksgiving

What better way to express your thankfulness on this day than to give back. Here are some video inspirations. Amy Erin Brovoy created a 5-Minute Film Festival. “Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for reflecting on the things you’re grateful for, and it’s a known fact that practicing gratitude is a…

Gifts for Good Community Holiday Gift Faire

Gifts for Good Community Holiday Gift Faire

Gifts for Good is an annual community holiday gift faire that will occur Sunday, December 8 2013 from 1 to 4 PM at First United Methodist Church, 1825 East Street, Redding, CA. This community event (NOT a church fundraiser) has raised over $40,000 over the past 6 years for local…

Between Bleeding Hearts and Talk Radio Heads

Between Bleeding Hearts and Talk Radio Heads

Who’s in the American Political Center? The recent Esquire-NBC News survey finds that “at the center of American politics, there isn’t a hole but a courtyard: common ground where a diverse and growing majority is bound by a surprising set of shared ideas.” They identify 4 segments in the middle”…

Social Capital

Social capital is about the value of social networks, bonding similar people and bridging between diverse people, with norms of reciprocity. According to  Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, authors of the 2011 book Connected: The Surprising Power of our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, being connected is good for…

National Coming Out Day Celebration

National Coming Out Day Celebration

Friday, October 11, 2013 is scheduled for Redding’s National Coming Out Day Celebration sponsored by NorCal OUTreach Project, a 501c3 non-profit, dedicated to educating the public in the north state on the issues and lives of LGBTQ+ persons. The event will be held at the Social Hall of the United Methodist…

Stop Bullying in Redding

On Thursday, October 10, 2013, the Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation will present two free community forums focusing on bullying and why addressing it is important. Speaker Wayne Sakamoto, Director of School Safety for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, will speak to concerned community members and parents about how the…

French Country Market October 5, 2013

  Bonjour, mes amis! Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 10 AM to 3 PM for the third annual French Country Market at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd, Redding, CA. A great team of volunteers has been working on this event and it would make their day to see you…

Be The Bridge

Seems to me society and politics in the United States has become too polarized, no thanks to the talking heads on TV, the ranting voices on radio and the money that supports them. Too many of us get our “news” in predigested sound bites. In the pursuit of ratings, I…

Feast For Good

Creating community is about shared values and relationships. Relationships can be initiated by meeting people through gatherings, through introductions by friends and somewhat more superficially online through Twitter. Acquaintances can become so called “friends” through Facebook, which adds another layer of familiarity, to the degree that one is transparent and…

Community Alchemy: A Model for Building An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

TEDxRedding presenter Andy Stoll, a media producer and social entrepreneur, is working to grow the grassroots entrepreneurial & creative community in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. He “believes in the power of stories and connections to influence people, inspire action and affect positive change.” The above is his Model for Building An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem he refers to […]

Connecting Things: Getting Things Done

TEDx Redding was a burst of local creativity, but how do keep the conversation going? How do we get things done? The local Beloved Community movement, energized by the recent Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration has generated lots of ideas and excitement. How do we bring focus and get things done? Connect Things. Reduce time. […]

Redding LGBTQ+ Pride 2013

The NorCal OUTreach Project is sponsoring the Redding LGBTQ+ Pride 2013, the fifth annual event, on Saturday, September. 28, 2013 from 11 AM-4 PM, located on Market St. in Redding, CA on the block in front of Cascade Theatre. The Pride March will precede the Festival from 10 AM to 11AM. NorCal LGBT…

Pilgrims and Tourists

The new documentary Pilgrims and Tourists in the Pastures of Heaven will be screened at The Cascade Theater on Saturday, September 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM following a 6 PM reception honoring local members of the Winnemem Wintu tribe. Filmmakers Toby McLeod and Jessica Abbe return to Redding for the premiere, which…

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