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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;…

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,…