Author: Melissa

Snowman Advent Calendar

By Ashlee Herrera Strip a pallet. Staple together 4 boards.They are too long so you can either cut them in half before stapling them together or after, but 4 pallet boards will make two snowmen. Use a compass to draw a circle, you’re only going to cut out the bottom half of the circle. Leave the top half in the square shape because that is going to be the hat. Get another pallet board cut it in half length wise and width wise for the brim of the hat. At this point I painted the bottom circle white and...

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Quilts and Other Hand-Made Gift Ideas

By Melissa Wynn During the holidays handmade gifts are far more heartfelt than a bath kit or necktie from a big box store. No one knows this better than the talented seamstress types that craft beautiful quilts from every type of cloth imaginable. Many of us still have one handmade by our grandmother, be it a crocheted afghan or a heavy quilt made from old blue jeans. Do you have a quilter on your holiday shopping list? Sewing machines, patterns, needles and even classes make great gifts for sewing enthusiasts as well as those that have a desire to...

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Dine Divine at Karline’s Restaurant & Bar – Redding

    On a beautiful autumn afternoon a few friends and I wandered into Karline’s Restaurant & Bar at 1100 Center Street in Redding to treat ourselves to dinner out after a visit to the historic Cascade Theatre. Our choice was effortless since this classy little getaway is listed as the theatre’s official dining partner.    We were greeted and seated by our friendly server Nicole Duncan who offered ice water, cocktails from the full bar and suggested the crispy calamari appetizer that we chose to begin our divine dining experience at Karline’s. The open air style kitchen allowed...

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Road Trip to Cascade Theatre in Redding CA

A Cascade Christmas By Melissa Wynn The magic of the holiday season fills the air in Northern California and a great way to soak it up and share it with your loved ones is to catch a Christmas show at the Cascade Theatre at 1731 Market Street in Redding. Since 1935 spectators have flocked to this famous show house to enjoy holiday performances on stage and screen. A Cascade Christmas is Redding’s foremost holiday tradition and families from miles around have been starring in and attending this amazing performance for generations. Local talent brings the spirit of the season...

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NorCal’s Jesse O’Rourke, Boondocker & Polaris Pro

By Melissa Wynn Photos Courtesy Jesse O’Rourke    One of the main reasons so many avid outdoorsmen call Northern California home is due to their need for adventure and a common addiction to adrenaline. Nowhere is this more obvious than with Chico native Jesse O’Rourke, extreme snowmobiler and member of the Boondockers team. This team of extreme back country snowmobile enthusiasts formed out of a love of adventure, and the Boondockers video series evolved naturally from a desire to share those adventures with other adrenaline junkies around the globe. You can find Jesse at his best in some of...

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