Category: Arts and Events

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 March 15, 2017 -May 18, 2017

January 15, 2017 – March 21, 2017 Butte County Mar 17, SEO Optimization Class, 9:00 AM TO 11:30 AM, NEC SBDC at Butte College, 2480 Notre Dame Blvd. Chico, Cost: $30 per person prepaid or $40 at door, +1530.895.9017, register online at http://www.buttecollegesbdc.com/ Mar 18, Dervish Concert, Laxson Auditorium, 400 W. 1st Street, Chico, a lively St. Patrick’s Day celebration! +1530.898.6333, $32 Premium | $26 Adult | $24 Senior | $16 Youth | $10 Chico State Student. Buy tickets online at http://www.csuchico.edu/upe/performance/artists/dervish.php Mar 22, Graham Nash in Concert, 7:30...

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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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Behind The Music Christmas Time With The Yule Logs

By Molly Barber The days are getting shorter, the air is colder and that really only means one thing… Yup, the holiday season is right around the corner. Now as you might have guessed one of my favorite parts about this time of year is the music. I mean come on now, who doesn’t love those Christmas classics? Growing up at my house, the Big Guy (my dad), loved the classics- Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Gene Autry- you get the picture. My mom enjoyed a little more beat in her Christmas tunes, some Brenda Lee, Jose Feliciano, The Ronettes, and then her favorite, The Carpenters. Now my brother is...

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Pine Blossoms Repurposed Goods With Jennifer Guthrie

Photos & Story by Debra Hasbrouck It’s not often you find someone who creates an extensive variety of items that are unique, high-quality, attractive and useful…plus does it all with repurposed goods. Local artist Jennifer Guthrie of Pine Blossoms, uses up-cycled material to make pillows, purses, wallets, plush animals, scarves, pin cushions, coasters and much more. Purses are one of her most popular items and it’s easy to see why—they are beautiful, well-made, functional, light weight and very stylish. Jennifer started sewing at a young age and worked at a fabric store in high school....

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MIX IT UP with Sam Mix MOCCASINS & BEADS

By Molly Barber I like to think that beauty is everywhere. It’s in nature, it’s in us, and in what we create. In college I was lucky enough to take a glass blowing class for a couple of years and it changed my perspective of art and beauty. I was able to see the beauty in craftsmanship and not just in the finished product. The finesse and thought, the foresight and creativity. There is a special place in my heart for people who can look at an object and see not what is there but what could be. Sam Mix is one of those people. With her basic tools, materials, and virtuosity she creates...

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New Map Points Out ‘Water Trails’ and Kayaking & Shore Fishing Spots

New Map Points Out ‘Water Trails’ and Finds Kayaking & Shore Fishing Spots A new waterproof map is now for sale at local businesses and is available from Mountain Meadows Conservancy (MMC), the group that recently published the informative map. The map points out shoreline public access locations, great shoreline and kayak fishing spots on Almanor, Butt Lake, and Mountain Meadows Reservoir. Picture yourself on these three beautiful lakes whose combined surface area is nearly half the size of Sacramento, according to MMC. Kayaking and shore fishing around the waters of the Lake Almanor...

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