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Overturn Citizens United Ruling

Check the Power of Big Money in Campaigns As we observe Independence Day, we are reminded of the importance of the democratic process and the power of each person’s vote in shaping our common life. Yet over the past several years, we have seen the democratic process undermined by laws…

Downtown Redding MarketFest

Downtown Redding MarketFest

The 17th annual Downtown Redding MarketFest is scheduled for Thursday Evenings 5 to 8:30 PM from June 7 to August 9, 2012 in Library Park, next to the historic Lorenz Hotel (between Yuba and Placer Streets), in downtown Redding, CA. Here’s the line-up: June 7 – Alcyon Massive June 14 – The Northstar Session June 21…

Nor Cal Beat

Nor Cal Beat

On May 11th I met Rob McDonald at Redding Soup. He has put together a progressive, aggregated, regional news source known as NorCalBeat.com. Check it out. You will find feeds from The Nation magazine; First Read on msnbc; California Legislative Analysis; Redding City Council; Occupy Redding; news reports from various…

2012 Relay For Life of Redding CA

2012 Relay For Life of Redding CA is scheduled for June 9, 2012 at Shasta College track. The Opening Ceremony will be held at 9 AM with the Survivor Lap at 9:30 AM. The Luminaria Ceremony will be at 10 PM that evening, with competitions throughout the night for those…

Redding League of Women Voters Forums

Redding League of Women Voters Forums

The public and League members are invited to four upcoming Voter Forums: Monday, May 7, 2012 – State Senate and State Assembly Forum The League of Women Voters – Redding Area will conduct a candidate forum for those running in the June 5 primary election for the State Senate 1st…

Butterfly Exhibition at Turtle Bay

Wings of Summer, Butterflies! will be fluttering again this summer May 1st to July 31, 2012 at Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Visitors observe hundreds of butterflies in a tranquil, enclosed garden at Butterflies!  The butterfly house consists of up to 32 species of butterflies found throughout the United States.  The…

Redding Soup is on the Table May 11, 2012

Catalyst, a dynamic group of younger adults in the Redding, CA area, recently brought us, among other things, TEDxRedding. One of those “ideas worth sharing” is now materializing as Redding Soup. The idea of Redding soup is to raise money for worthwhile Redding projects by having dinners where people pitch community ideas…

Viva Downtown Redding Celebrates

Viva Downtown Redding, Downtown Redding Business Association, sponsor organizations and civic leaders (including City Council member Missy McArthur and City Manager Kurt Starman), honored several people and groups for their contribution to the positive state of downtown Redding, CA last evening at the Cascade Theatre: Catalyst – young professionals group who sponsored TEDxRedding…

Shasta Living Streets 4/28/12

Shasta Living Streets is a local program that promotes active living while also fostering more community interaction. It seeks to build on our popular local attractions and the desire of our community for safe and inviting outdoor spaces like the Sundial Bridge and the new Dana to Downtown connection. Shasta Living Streets adds…

KKRN Needs Your Support

KKRN 88.5 FM is not even a year old yet, but it has matured and now provides the Redding area (I5 and Highway 299 corridors) the voices we need in a democracy.  A lot hard work helped make KKRN possible.  KKRN is a community radio station, completely independent, owned and…

Buy Local – Vote No on Measure A

Buy Local – Vote No on Measure A

On June 5, 2012 Shasta County’s 94,000 registered voters will be able to express their opinion on a referendum to overturn approval of a shopping center planned for Churn Creek Bottom at the northeast intersection of I5 and Knighton Road and an initiative to temper development there. Voting No on Measure…

Kool April Nites 2012

Kool April Nites is coming to Redding, CA on April 15-22, 2012.  Here’s highlights of planned events: Sunday, April 15 – Show & Shine at Kent’s Meat and Groceries from 10 AM to 2 PM Monday, April 16 – Show & Shine at Palo Cedro Chamber of Commerce from 2 PM to 7 PM and the Shasta Family Justice…

Worldview Transformation

“Encouraging people to explore consciousness in ways that invite them to become more balanced, compassionate, altruistic, appreciative of difference, able to hold complexity, cognitively flexible, and oriented toward pro-sociality is one of the most fundamental tasks facing society in the twenty-first century.” So notes, Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Cassandra Vieten and Elizabeth M.…

Open Streets

Open Streets The Open Streets Project is a national initiative, all about opening streets to people, sharing resources and transforming communities. They currently have more than 70 documented initiatives in North America. Open street projects are increasingly common in cities seeking innovative ways to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals.…

Lily Tomlin in Redding 3/23/12

Redding is in for a rare treat this Friday, March 23, 21012 when Lily Tomlin comes to the Cascade Theatre. Some of us older folks know Tomlin as part the cast of Laugh-In (1969) with her characterizations of Ernestine, the irascible telephone operator and Edith Ann, the devilish six year old. After Laugh-In, Tomlin…

Vaisakhi Festival & Day for Non-Violence

Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 11 AM -2 PM is set for the Vaisakhi Festival & Day for Non-Violence at the Sikh Centre in Anderson, CA. Amarjit Singh, co-ordinator of the event at the Sikh Centre, Anderson, 530-921-4185 Directions: Take exit 667 on I-5..head EAST on Deschutes…….. cross the STOP sign and drive…

Floating of the Lanterns 5/20/12

Floating of the Lanterns is an annual Redding, CA event, celebrating A Season for Peace & Nonviolence.  There will be food, music and peace prayers from many traditions. This year, it will occur on Sunday, May 20, 2012, with a Sikh Food Buffet at 7:30 PM and the Lantern Float at 8:30…

Think Positive

Thinking positively can be very helpful during stressful or challenging times. The good news is that optimism can be learned. You can be more positive by practicing gratitude and eliminating negative thoughts. Blue Shield of California offers these thoughts: The Power of Optimism Optimism can turn bad situations into opportunities…

Strong Towns in Shasta County

Churn Creek Bottom Homeowners are one of eight sponsors bringing Strongtowns.org presenters to Redding for a Curbside Chat on April 11, 2012, 6 PM – 8 PM at McLaughlin Auditorium at the Sequoia Middle School, 1805 Sequoia Street, Redding, CA. This is a FREE event and refreshments will be provided. Strong Towns is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 2009. They advocate […]

Redding/Shasta Homeless Continuum of Care

Redding/Shasta Homeless Continuum of Care

Redding/Shasta Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) Council is a regional organization consisting of public agencies, non-profits, faith-based groups, service providers, developers, governmental entities and individuals who have an interest in homeless issues in the area and a commitment to end homelessness. As an action-oriented collaborative, their mission is to 1) restore lives,…

Sacred Drumming Circle

Have you considered drumming as spiritual practice? Drum together in community, moving in synchronicity and attune to the Great Spirit. Experience the beauty of connecting through drumming on Sunday, March 18, 2012 from 6:30-7:30 PM at Spa Shoppe’s Building (upstairs room), 1452 Oregon Street, Redding, CA. $5 per person donation…

Dr. Seuss Is On The Loose

Turtle Bay Exploration Park is featuring Family Second Saturday, February 11, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Enjoy Dr. Seuss stories and the activities inspired by them: Bartholomew and the Oobleck – Have fun with Oobleck One Fish Two Fish – Fish for fun fish facts Horton Senses Something Small –…

The Real Heros in Redding 4/27/12

Child abuse is not a comfortable topic, but on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 7 PM bestselling author Dave Pelzer will recount his personal story at McLaughlin Auditorium of Sequoia Middle School, 1805 Sequoia Street, Redding, CA. This is part of Week of the Small Child annual celebration: April 21-28, 2012. Pelzer’s presentation…

National GSA Day

Celebrate National GSA Day: January 25th, 2012. For decades, Gay-Straight Alliance have been working to make campuses safe places for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Students who start and take part in these student groups are brave. They dare to create a dialogue to improve lives. I…

Shasta County Probation Realignment

The Redding Area League of Women Voters had their meeting last evening at The McConnell Foundation’s beautiful conference center on Shastaview in Redding, CA. Shasta County Chief Probation Officer, Wes Forman spoke about recently implemented AB 109 – 2011 Public Safety Realignment. Shasta County is receiving $3 million from the…

Standing In Silent Solidarity

Hundreds of people stood this morning in respectful, quiet solidarity to support the mourning family of fallen sailor Petty Officer 1st Class Chad R. Regelin. They lined Riverside Ave. in Anderson, CA in front of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where the memorial was held. Many American flags…

World Religion Day in Redding

The Bahais of Shasta County are comemorating Sunday, January 15, 2012 as World Religion Day. You are invited to an informal gathering at 2 PM the Redding Library, Community Room A, 1100 Parkview Ave., Redding, CA 96001 focused on Achieving Peace. Initiated in 1950, World Religion Day events focus on…

Shasta City Multi-Cultural Celebration

Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 11AM to 3PM will be the 9th Annual Mulit-cultural Celebration, One World: Many Ways of Seeing at Central Valley High School, 4066 La Mesa Ave., Shasta City, CA 96019. Meet your neighbors; share international food from 11 AM to 12:45 PM; enjoy cultural presentations from 1…

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On Monday, January 16, 2012 the Redding, CA community is invited to participate in the Federal Holiday and Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 8:00 am:  Bell Ringing Ceremony (Inside of Old City Hall, 1313 Market St.) 9:00 am:  Worldwide bell ringing 9:30 am:  Shuttle leaving MLK Jr. Ctr to …

Shasta County Citizens For Democracy

Christine and Bob Mitchell started Shasta County Citizens For Democracy a couple of years ago and this week opened a store-front gathering place for “progressives” at 2675 Bechelli Lane, #3, Redding, CA using the name Free Thought Central – a different FTC. The location is back quite a distance back…

TEDx Redding

Thursday, January 5th at 8:00 AM, tickets will go on sale to TEDx Redding on February 4, 2012. Tickets are $30 via Eventbrite (includes event & reception) . Organizers will post the link for purchasing tickets on TEDxRedding.com along with their Facebook group, the Catalyst Redding Young Professionals Meetup site,…

Facebook Timeline Haiku

Facebook Timeline Haiku

We take photos to mark time and place. We engage in social media to connect; you too? I blog to bookmark, but life is like drifting the river… My heart listens to God’s still-speaking voice, to find home.   [We see reality through the lens of our language and punctuation…

Amy Goodman in Redding

Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of the daily, grassroots, global, radio/TV news hour Democracy Now!, will be speaking at 12 noon on January 14, 2012 in Redding, CA at the David Marr Theater, 2200 Eureka Way. She will speak at a benefit to support the work of KIXE-TV Ch. 9, KKRN 88.5…

Simpson University For Seniors

Simpson University in Redding, CA, as part of it’s interactive lifelong Learning is offering “Personal Spiritual Formation” by Myra Perrine in five sessions from January 6-27, 2012. This course is offered in a Wednesday/Friday format from 10:20-11:45 AM. The class will focus on “how we grow in our relationship with Jesus—discovering…

Winter in the Woods 12/10/11

Saturday, December 10, 2011, 5 p.m. – 7 PM is Winter in the Woods, a FREE to members-only evening of holiday cheer and tasteful shopping  at Turtle Bay Exploration Park. * Take a stroll down the twinkling lights of the boardwalk * Get first choice of special Holiday merchandise *…

Thanksgiving Blessings

Redding School of the Arts Scholastic Book Fair 12/8/11

Redding School of the Arts will hold it’s Scholastic Book Fair December 8-14, 2011.  Save your holiday Book Buying until their fair.  There are 1,000’s of titles to choose from – perfect for all of your family and friends.  Fliers and previews will start coming home with students November 28th, and they’ll even have a […]

Mapping Your World at Turtle Bay

Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 11 AM to 3 PM Turtle Bay Exploration Park is having an educational program Mapping Your World. Smart phones such as iPhone or Android know where you are because of built in GPS. Hyperlocal marketers are pushing discount offers from businesses surrounding where you currently are…

10 Ways Occupy Wall Street Changes Everything

Some wonder whether the Occupy Wall Street movement will wither with harsh weather, time and police action, but Sarah Van Gelder, editor of Yes Magazine has authored a newly published book This Changes Everything. The title reminds me of Brian McLaren’s important 2007 book Everything Must Change. The former book represents…

TEDx Redding

I am a fan of TED: Ideas Worth Spreading and TEDx is coming to Redding’s Old City Hall, 1313 Market Street, Redding, CA on Saturday afternoon, February 4, 2012. One hundred people will attend an exciting conversation about our shared future.  5-8 speakers will be given 18 minutes (or less!) to share the TEDxRedding talk of…

You Will Feel Better, Be Happier, Find Fulfillment

Fast Company magazine has a new brand: Co.Exist– World Changing Ideas and Innovation. It’s dedicated to helping corporations, institutions and individuals retool their thinking, to better differentiate their brand into ones that”make life better” and “make a difference” globally. The online portal attempts to portray a vision beyond the product…

What’s The Value of Education?

Clearly, the value of education is far more than the earning power it enables. Not only does it open doors for one to achieve his or her highest potential, but it is essential to a properly functioning democracy. Money may not be the only objective, but there is a clear…

More News than Rhythm or Classics?

Radio is one of those media that gives identity, personality and to some degree solidarity to a region, and we are thankful for the presence of JPR in the Redding, CA area! Rhythm & News is on transmitter (an extended regional service)  89.7 FM. Classical music and news is heard…

Redding Subdivisions GIS

Redding Subdivisions GIS

The City of Redding has quite a large database of GIS information on subdivisions viewable through Google Earth (you have to first download the application to your computer to view it). Subdivisions are the core components of neighborhoods because they tend to be relatively uniform and have a common history,…

Occupy Together

  The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread to over 100 US cities, is becoming international. On October 15, 2011 protests were held from North and South America to Asia, Africa and Europe, with over 1,500 events in 82 countries, as part of a global day of action. The movement is beginning…

People of Progress OctuberFest

On Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 6:00 p.m, First United Methodist Church of Redding is hosting People of Progress‘ 11th Annual Dinner & Silent Auction Octuberfest! Honoring people, potatoes, and our ability to move forward together! There will be savory soups, salads, desserts, a silent auction and a cooking demonstration with Doni Greenberg. The event…

Catalyst Redding Young Professionals

I first became aware of Catalyst – Redding Young Professionals, an online group of 20-30’s through MeetUp, even though I am older. The same week, a friend of mine Mary Lascelles mentioned that I should get to know a couple of great Catalyst’s members Chris Haedrich and Ashley Wagar, who are…

Friends of the Library Patio Book Sale

Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 10 AM to 1 PM the Friends of Redding Library will host a bi-monthly patio book sale. Paperbacks are $ .25 and hardcover books are $ .50…

Redding Ducky Derby

The 22nd Annual Ducky Derby, presented by Redding East Rotary will have a 1 PM duck drop, Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Diestelhorst Bridge, on the Sacramento River in Redding, CA. The Redding Ducky Derby Race is a fund-raising opportunity for the Rotary Foundation Against Substance Abuse and local youth groups.…

Linking Local Farmers to School Districts

Linking Local Farmers to School Districts

The University of California Cooperative Extension invites you to the Linking Local Farmers to School Districts Meeting, Friday, September 16, 2011, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the Redding Public Library,  Room A. The meeting will be the first of a series of meetings to inform you about the local efforts to link…