Category: Arts and Events – NorCal

Fishing Fun In and Around Lake Almanor

By Bob Kopernik, Lucky Grady Fishing Guide Service If you are new to this area and are interested in drowning a few worms or crickets in hopes of having Fish Tacos for dinner, do yourself a favor and purchase a detailed geographical map of the area. I like the Northern California DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Map book because it shows most all of the lakes, streams, campgrounds and the roads to get you there.  Another good resource is the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website, to see where and when they last planted fish into the place that you are thinking about fishing.  You...

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Jake Early Finds The Perfect Place

By Molly Barber Sometimes our lives seem to work like a classic James Joyce novel. We might not realize when the circle begins but more than likely we feel that familiar déjå vu tingling as the circle is coming to an end. And in that “Aha” moment we see and understand the twists and turns that seem to have brought us full-circle to this special understanding. Jake Early witnessed his circle coming into fruition as his passion for creating serigraphs grew from hobby to career. Jake is a Chico native but that’s not where this circle begins. We have to go back a little further than Jake, back...

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Rodeos, Reins and Ropes

By Christy Milan COTTONWOOD: May 13-14, 2017 • cottonwoodchamberofcommerce.com  Cowboys and cowgirls will blaze a trail to Cottonwood California to celebrate the 55th annual Cottonwood Rodeo.  Held annually every year on Mother’s Day weekend, the residents of Cottonwood celebrate the cowboy & (cowgirl) with various activities. The kick off BBQ to start the rodeo week takes place with plenty of tasty cowboy BBQ.  Other events include Ladies Nite Out, on Wednesday, the Friday evening Kiddie Parade, Saturday main rodeo parade and the main event, the rodeo on both days. This year the theme...

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The Story Behind the Carved Tree In Susanville

Driving around Susanville, we noticed an interesting tree carved into a scene. Our Digital Marketing Director (and photographer) Jaime insisted we stop and have a look. We hollered to the upstairs porch and asked if we could take some pictures. We were welcomed by Judy McInnis, husband Manny and son Marvin. Judy told us how she remembered her momma planting that tree when she was a little girl. Eventually it grew so big, its arms reached over the road and one arm fell. She knew it had grown unsafe, yet could not imaging getting rid of the tree. It was decided they would have to cut it down,...

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Wedding Venues In Northern California

By Mara Dobyns If you’re like most girls you’ve probably been day dreaming up your wedding since you were a little girl, playing house with your dolls, marrying off your Barbie’s and Princesses, or even just imagining what your dress would look like, these things were all a part of it. Or even if you’re not like most girls maybe you’ve simply always pictured a wedding outdoors. Either way we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of some of favorite wedding venues here in our beautiful neck of the woods in Northern California. Think Outside The Box Or In This Case Outside The Venue “Today’s...

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Spring Antiquing In Northern California

As Spring returns to NorCal it is time once again to visit the antique shows, shops and markets in search of that perfect something to spruce up your space for the season. April and May bring some of our favorite annual events where several vendors collaborate to offer the best of the best from miles around. Whether you are an antiquing novice or a dealer wishing to participate these gatherings are an excellent way to see what’s happening in the market this year. The fun begins April 7 & 8 at the Roses and Rust Vintage Market in Anderson. Every year friends, neighbors and visitors from...

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Businesses Welcomed in the Small Town of Westwood

Westwood’s business community is well supported by the townspeople. The welcoming streets are named alphabetically by the names of trees. Streets are lined with old wooden homes, reminiscent of its early lumber days’ history. Retail businesses include three convenience stores, two with fuels, Lassen True Value hardware store, Now and Then thrift shop and Old Town Mercantile, an artists’ collective/Shabby Chic home furnishings & decor store which has been moving and expanding for its new early April Grand Re-opening. The town recently lost its grocery store, due to retirement, as was the...

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Calendar of Events May15, 2017 -July 18, 2017

Butte County Every Wednesday, Open Mikefull, 7PM Norton Buffalo Hall, 5704 Chapel Dr., Paradise, Sign ups start at 6:45 for a two-song or 10-minute slot, $2, http://nortonbuffalohall.com Thursdays Jun 22- Aug 31, Party in the Park Music and Marketplace 2017, 5:30-8:15PM, Paradise Community Park, 5570 Black Olive Dr,  Register Online https://paradiseridgeca.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/177 Every Thursday thru Sept 28, Thursday Night Market, 6-9PM, Broadway between 2nd and 5th Streets, Chico.  Farmer/Vendor/Performer Applications available online...

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Carol Ross Sketch Artist and Diana Hackbarth Matching Birdhouse Builder

By Molly Barber “Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing”- Camille Pissarro We encounter beautiful things everyday. The internet has given us the ability to view and share beauty, all of which couldn’t be sifted through in a lifetime. Andyet the thing about beauty that absolutely blows my mind is the sublime subjectiveness of it. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. I can tell you with absolute certainty that there is no beauty like the raw vocals of Nina Simone, the soulful wave riding of Dave Rastovich, the powerful storytelling of...

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Exploring Our Local Winter Wonderland – Snowshoeing, Skiing, Sledding And More

By Mara Dobyns Photos by Jessica Compton- JCM Photography In this beautiful area of Northern California we are often spoiled with snow which means we have countless opportunities for fun in the outdoor world. In my opinion it would be pretty silly not to take advantage of it. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, cross country or downhill skiing, sledding, or just exploring your local backcountry, we’ve got something for everyone. When I was a kid having my birthday in January always meant one thing, going to our favorite local hill for play, Stover, celebrating with snow and sledding until our...

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Exploring Ice Caves In Lassen County

Photos and Article by Mara Dobyns “Life is an adventure. It’s not about the destination we reach that’s most rewarding, it’s the journey along the way. So write it down! & treasure the memory forever…” – Barlena Morina While exploring in Lassen National Forest, take highway 36 to Wilson Lake Road 29 & 63, then make a right onto the 29 N 19 road. Next, find the E. Spur Road off of 29 N 19, and if you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon a tree marked “Ice” in blue paint. From there just ahead you will find an opening with a couch carved out of a tree, a trailhead, and a mailbox...

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