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OROVILLE

Forbestown

Spring/Summer 2014

• The City of Gold
• CSUC & The Bidwell Legacy
• Paradise, All Its Name Implies
• A Small Town that Loves Company
• The Foothills & Wineries
Palermo

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Accelerator with On-Board Imager. Advanced cancer care that is close
and convenient.
To learn more visit us at www.OrovilleHospital.com/cancercare.
www.OrovilleHospital.com/cancercare

Butte County…
Rich in Treasures
From Sly Creek on the far eastern edge to the
waters of the Sacramento River on the western;
from Humbolt Peak in the north to the shadows
of the Sutter Buttes to the south, Butte County
is blessed with a wide diversity of terrain.
Lakes & rivers, creeks & canyons, mountains
& meadows, wild forests & waterfalls—there’s no
end to the natural beauty. Visitors and residents
alike enjoy hiking, bicycling, fishing, hunting,
water sports of all types, and a chance to just
enjoy or photograph nature here.
But that’s just the beginning. History buffs
enjoy our many pioneer museums and beautiful
historic homes, as well as the Chinese artifacts
found at three area museums.
We hope you’ll enjoy discovering Butte County’s treasures, and think you’ll find, as we have,
that the area’s most valuable assets are the many
warm-hearted folks you’ll meet along the way.
Front cover background photo courtesy of
Lavender Ranch, Biggs, CA

Table of Contents

Oroville................. 6-27 Chico................... 39-72
Discover Lake Oroville & its
Visitor’s Center, California’s 1st
Suspension Bridge, the USA’s
Tallest Earthen Dam, an 1863
Chinese Temple, a 41-mile Bike
Trail, Wineries & Wildlife areas.

Event Calendars 4-5, 9, 25, 40,
44, 79

Tour Bidwell Mansion State
Historic Park, California State
University, One of the U.S.A.’s
Largest City Parks, the National
Yo Yo Museum, internationally
known art glass studios and
microbreweries — all in the nation’s Top-Rated Bike Town.

The Foothills....... 28-31 Gridley Area...... 81-86
Explore Feather Falls, a Scenic
Byway, Bald Rock & more.

See Sutter Buttes, Gray Lodge
Wildlife Area, and tree-shaded
Butte County Fairgrounds.

N. Valley’s Wineries...32-38 Maps
Taste the area’s fine wines.
B-Line....................................2-3
Paradise............. 73-80 Oroville’s Greenline Tour.......... 6
All its name implies… plus
the Gold Nugget Museum and
the “Little Grand Canyon.”

Performing & Fine Arts
Oroville State Theater............. 12
Birdcage Theatre..................... 24
Performing Arts in Chico............44
Chico Art & Galleries.........61-65
Paradise Art Scene.................. 77
Paradise Performing Arts Center
& Theatre on the Ridge........... 78

A TRADITION
OF EXCELLENCE

YESTERDAY - TODAY - TOMORROW

North Valley Wineries............. 33
Antique Shops.................. 55, 76
Chico Art Benches.................. 65
Gridley, Oroville, Paradise...... 87
Chico & Bidwell Park............. 88

Quick Resources........ 86
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for exact flag stop locations.
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Chico Area

Now-Apr. 5 - “Northern Beauties” Sally
Dimas Art Gallery. Call 345-3063
Now-Apr. 19 - “Melding Culture & Nature”
Avenue 9 Gallery. 879-1821
Now-June 7 - “Into the Blue: Maritime
Archaeology” exhibit at Valene L. Smith
Museum of Anthropology. Call 898-5397
Now-July 27 - “Chico in Black & White:
Historical Photos from the John Nopel Collection” Chico Museum. Call 891-4336
Apr. 8-26 - “Figure Drawing” Sally Dimas
Art Gallery. 345-3063
Apr. 10 - “San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers,
7:30 p.m., Laxson. 898-6333
Apr. 11 - 2nd Friday ARTabout … Downtown Neighborhood, 5-8 p.m. 518-4536
April 12 - Arlo Guthrie, 7:30 p.m. Laxson
Aud. 898-6333
Apr. 12-19 - Easter Bunny Visits & Photos,
Sears Court, Chico Mall. 343-0706
Apr. 12-May 11- “Shrek, the Musical” at
Chico Theater Company. Call 894-3282
Apr. 17 - Fifty-Fifty—Thank You Concert
Harlen Adams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 898-6333
Apr. 19 - Spring Jamboree (Egg Hunt) Caper
Acres, Bidwell Park. Call 895-4711
Apr. 19 - California Nut Festival Patrick
Ranch on the Midway, 11-4 p.m. 519-1882
Apr. 25 - “The Facts of Jazz” 7:30 p.m.,
Harlen Adams. 898-6333
Apr. 25-May 31 - “David Mallory & Delbert
Rupp” Avenue 9 Gallery. 879-1821
Apr. 27 - “A Choral Potpourri”—Choral
Harlen Adams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 898-6333
Apr. 27 - League of Women Voters Wine
Tasting & Light Buffet 4-7 p.m. at Manzanita
Place (Elks Club), 1705 Manzanita Ave. Call
894-7696 or 895-8683 for info.
Apr. 27- May - “Mechoopda: First Families,
Here We Remain” exhibit at Chico Museum.
Call 891-4336
Apr. 27 - Chico Velo Wildflower CenturyBike
Ride. Call 343-8356, ChicoVelo.org
Apr. 29-June 4 - “Color Magic” Sally Dimas
Art Gallery. 345-3063
Apr. 30-May 4 - “Monty Python’s
Spamalot”—Spring Musical 7:30 p.m. WedSat. + 2pm Sun., Laxson. 898-6333
May 2 - “Camaieu”­—Guitar, 7:30 p.m.
Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall. 898-6333
May 3 - St. John’s Spring Garden Tour plus
lunch & boutique. Call 893-8979
May 3 - Endangered Species Faire 10am4pm Cedar Grove, Bidwell Park. 891-6424
May 3 - Pioneer Day Parade, 11 a.m. Downtown. Call 895-5315
May 3 - Chico’s Artisan’s Fair 10-5 p.m.
Downtown Park Plaza. 345-9652

May 7 - “Aladdin, Jr.” 7:30 p.m., Laxson.
Call 898-6333
May 9 - Wine, Dine & Jazz, 5-8pm at Stansbury House. Call 891-0585
May 9 - 2nd Friday ARTabout … SOPO
Neighborhood, 5-8 p.m. 318-2105
May 9-10 - ChiVAA Art at the Matador,
1934 Esplanade. 318-2105, www.chivaa.org
May 10 - Chico Antiques & Design Faire
8-5 p.m. at Patrick Ranch. Info, 893-5534
May 10-11 - Museum Hop Chico Area Museum Alliance (CAMA). Info, 891-4336
May 22-26 - Silver Dollar Fair at Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. Call 895-4666
June -Aug. - Chico Creek Summer Camp
Chico Creek Nature Center. Call 891-4671
June 1 - Honey Run Covered Bridge Pancake Breakfast 7-11 a.m. Call 895-0911
June 1 - Centerville 49er Faire 9 a.m.-4
p.m., Centerville Rd. Info, 893-9667
June 1 - Country Picnic 4-8 p.m. at the Patrick Ranch. Call 891-4336
June 7 - Soroptimist Brew Fest 2-6 p.m.
Manzanita Place Elks Lodge. 342-3768
June 7-8 - Threshing Bee & Antique Equipment Show 9-4p.m. at the Patrick Ranch. Call
892-1525 or 342-4359
June 7-29 - “Forever Plaid” at Chico Theater
Company. Call 894-3282
June 10-July 26 - “Serendipity” at Sally
Dimas Art Gallery. Call 345-3063
June 12 - Chamber BBQ & Cook-Off 5:3011pm, Manzanita Place. 891-5556
June 13 - 2nd Friday ARTabout … Uptown
Neighborhood, 5-8 p.m. 318-2105
July 4 - 4th of July Celebration 7:30am.-3
p.m, Bidwell Park-1 Mile Area. 343-6055
July 4 - Point Race & Fireworks 6 p.m.
Silver Dollar Speedway. Call 891-6535.
July 11 - 2nd Friday ARTabout … Downtown Neighborhood, 5-8 p.m. 318-2105
July 12 - A Slice of Downtown Chico Free
watermelon and great sales. 345-6500
July TBA - Chico Pond Tour. Call 342-4913
July 19-Aug. 17 - “Singin’ in the Rain” Chico
Theater Co. 894-3282
July 25-Aug. 30 - Annual “Chico Icons”
Avenue 9 Gallery. Call 879-1821
Aug. 5-Sept. 9 - Juried Show“Aqua Vita”
Sally Dimas Art Gallery. 345-3063
Aug. 8 - Ice Cream Social, at Stansbury
House. Call 891-0585
Aug. 8 - 2nd Friday ARTabout … SOPO
Neighborhood, 5-8 p.m. 318-2105

Gridley Area

TBA - Larry Pearson Memorial Wine Tasting & Silent Auction. Info, 370-8464
Apr. 11 - Kaleidoscope Golf Tournament at
Table Mtn. Golf Course. Info, 846-5851

Apr. 19 - Easter Egg Hunt Call 846-3142
Apr. 26 - Home & Garden Show, Butte
County Fairgrounds. Info, 846-3142
May 2 - Quota Salad Luncheon 11:30 a.m.,
Butte Fairgrounds. Info, 370-8464
May 10 - Kids Fishing Day at Gray Lodge,
ages 1-15, 7 a.m.-Noon. 846-3264
May 16 - Annual Guns vs. Hoses Softball
Tournament. Info, 846-3142
May 16 - Unjustice Court, Downtown. Info,
846-3142

Red Suspenders’ Day/Car Show May 17
Parade at 11 a.m. Pancake breakfast 7am,
Arts/Crafts booths, music, bed races, fireman’s games, children’s area, Pinewood
Derby, Trike Races for kids. 846-3142
May 20-Aug. 26 - Farmers Market every
Tues. Daddow Park. Info, 846-3142
May 26 - Memorial Day Ceremony, Gridley/
Biggs Cemetery.
May 29-June 1- Nor Cal Cluster Dog Show
Gridley Fairgrounds. Call 846-3593
TBA - Ice Cream Social at Orchard Hospital.
Call 846-9000
Aug. 21-24 Butte County Fair at the fairgrounds’ 38 shady acres. Country music,
derby, queen contest, + 4-H & FFA food,
craft, & livestock exhibits. The grandstand
seats 1900 people, & the facility includes a
130x 240 ft. horse show area. 846-3626

Oroville Area

Berry Creek:
Aug. 9 - Berry Festival, 1477 Bald Rock Rd.,
the Berry Creek Grange. Info, 589-3807
Oroville:
Mar. 31 - “Jesse Lynch’s Jazz 101”, 7:30
p.m. at State Theatre. 589-2667
Apr. 11-19 “Outsiders”, 7:30 p.m. wknds at
Birdcage Theatre. 533-2473
Apr. 26-27 - North Sierra Wine Trail. Call
679-0679
Apr. 26-27 - Surplus City’s Spring Mud
Crawl, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 534-9956
Apr. 27 - Republican Women’s Home Tour &
Tea, 1-4:30 p.m. Call 589-0834
May 4 - “AAUW’s Urban Chic Wine Adventure” (Tech Trek Fundraiser), 2-5 p.m.
@ Purple Line Urban Winery, 760 Safford.
Tickets ($20) includes tastings of 5 different
wines & multiple gourmet appetizers. Call
589-1399 for tickets or stop by the winery.

Feather Fiesta Days - May 3-10

May 3 - Bidwell Bar Day 12-4 p.m. at tollhouse/bridge, Lake Oroville Rec Area,
Bidwell Canyon. Pioneer crafts, games, music
& food. Info, 538-2219
May 3 - Native Sons of the Golden WestBeerfest, Riffles RV Park.
- Pioneer Museum Open, Noon-4p.m.

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Wed. - Chinese Temple Tea & Open House,
Noon-4 p.m. Call 538-2496
Fri. - Kiddie Parade (538-8603) & FRRPD
Bike Race downtown,
Call 538-8603
Sat. - Feather Fiesta Days Parade
10 a.m. downtown Oroville.
City of Gold Triathalon
Call 370-2647
Craft Faire & Flea Market
8-4 p.m. Sank Park, Call 533-1757
Art Show, Montgomery/Oak, 534-7690
Gold Rush Car Show 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
downtown Orov. Call 533-3530.
Chili Cook-Off 8 a.m. Ford lot, 1726
Montgomery St.
Springfest w/multiple games & food- St.
Thomas the Apostle School, 1380 Bird
St. Call 534-6969
Sun. - Eagles Mother’s Day Brunch
Mother’s Day Ham Dinner.
El Medio Fire Dept.
May 9-18 - “Under Milkwood” Birdcage
Theatre 7:30pm wkends. 533-2473
May 17 - YMCA’s Fit-n-Fun Day & 5K
Run 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Forebay. 533-9622
May 25 - BCHS Oregon City BBQ, 533-9418
June, 1st Sat. - Opening Day & Chili
Cookoff, Yuba-Feather Historical Museum &
Gold Trader Flat, 675-1025
May 31 - Hooked on Fishing at Bedrock
Park. Call 538-2542
May 31 - “Stamp Your Feet” 7 p.m. at State
Theatre. 538-2470
June 6-15 - “All I Need to Know, I Learned
in Kindergarten” Birdcage Theatre, 7:30pm
wkends. 533-2473
June 13 - Peggy’s Dancers, State Theatre.
538-2470
June 14 - Flag Day Celebration @ Liberty
Pole, Montgomery & Huntoon. 533-9418
June 21 - Olive Festival 10-3 @ Ehmann
Home. 533-9418
June 21 - Barefoot Dance Co., State Theatre.
538-2470
July 3/4 - July 4th Community Band Concerts, July 3-7:30 p.m, July 4-1:30 p.m, State
Theater. 538-2470 or 538-2406
July 4 - Fireworks 9:30 p.m. at Lake Oroville. Info, 538-2542
Aug., 1st Sat. - Forbestown Daze–Living
History Day. 9-4 pm, Yuba-Feather Historical
Museum & Gold Trader Flat, 675-1025

Paradise Area

Mar. 27- Apr. 19 - “Leading Ladies” 7:30
p.m. Th-Sat; some Sun. matinees. Theatre on
the Ridge. Call 877-5760, www.totr.org
Apr. 4-6 - “Paradise Dancers”­7p.m. Fri. +
2pm on Sat., Performing Arts Center. www.
paradiseperformingarts.com

Apr. 12-13 - “Gem & Mineral Show” 10am4pm at Elk’s Lodge. 877-7324
Apr. 13- Community Chorus 3pm, Perform.
Arts Cntr. www.paradiseperformingarts.com
Apr. 19 - Easter Egg Hunt 9:30-11:30 a.m. at
Aquatic Park. Call 872-6393
Apr. 19 - Kids Fishing Day 6 a.m.-3 p.m. at
Paradise Lake. Call 873-1040

Gold Nugget Days Apr. 23-27

Thurs- Spaghetti Feed, Sr. Center 5-7
& Opening Ceremonies & Queen Crowning
at Performing Arts Center at 7pm.
Friday- Dogtown Revue 7pm, Perf. Arts Ctr
Gold Nugget Ball - 8pm-Midnight
Sat. - Pancake Breakfast at Veteran’s Memorial Hall & Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast at
Eagles Lodge. 7-Noon.
Donkey Derby - 9am-10am
Craft Faire & Carnival- 9am-5pm
Horse Festival- 10-4, Call 872-3625
Gold Nugget Parade - Noon-2pm
Gold Panning & Blacksmithing 2-5
Whiskerino/Costume Contest 3pm
Dogtown Revue 7pm, Perf. Arts Cntr
Sun. - Old Time Church Service 8am at
Magalia Historic Chapel
Eagles Biscuits/Gravy Breakfast
Dogtown Revue 2pm, Perf. Arts Cntr
Sunday Concert in the Park 10-4pm
Info on all Nugget events, call 872-8722
May 3 - Spring Fishing Derby 9:30-11:30am.
Aquatic Park. 872-6393
May 3 - Kentucky Derby Day Party + Wine
& Micro-Brew Tasting 12:30-4pm, Lutheran
Church. 877-3549
May 10 - Chocolate Fest 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Terry
Ashe Park. Call Debbie at 342-4896
May 15 - Business Expo, 5:30-7:30 pm.,
Lutheran Church. Call 877-9356
May 29-June 21 - “Other Desert Cities” 7:30
p.m. Th-Sat; some Sun. matinees. Theatre on
the Ridge. Call 877-5760
May 31 - “Memorial Day Ceremony” 10am
at Paradise Cemetery. 877-4493
June 7-8 - Garden Tour (6 gardens+plant
sale), Sat. 10-4, Sun. Noon-4. Paradise Garden Club. Call 877-4242
June 14 - Unity in Diversity Festival, Noon-5
at Community Park. Call 877-1856
June 14- “Cruisin’ Classic Car Show” 8-5
p.m. Performing Arts Center. 877-4438
June 21- Creedence Clearwater Revival
8pm, Performing Arts Center, www.paradiseperformingarts.com
July 5 - Dogtown Faire 9-3, Magalia Community Church, 13700 Skyway. 877-7963

Ongoing Events

Chico Downtown Concerts in the Park Free
7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, May 9 - early Sept. in
Downtown Plaza. Call 345-6500

Chico Certified Farmers’ Markets
are held Thursdays April-Sept., 6-9 p.m.
on Broadway between 2nd- 5th Streets with
entertainment and shops open late; info, 3456500. Saturdays 7:30a.m.-1 p.m. year round,
2nd & Wall. Call 893-3276.
Gridley Farmers Market each Tues. Late
May -Aug., 5-8 p.m. in Daddow Park
Oroville Certified Farmers Market each Sat.
June through Sept., 8am-Noon, in parking lot
at Montgomery & Myers.
Oroville Concerts in the Parks held Thursday evenings mid-June-August in different
Oroville parks. Info, 533-2011.
Paradise Farmers’ Market is 7:30am-Noon
Tuesdays June-Oct. at Paradise Alliance
Church, 6491 Clark.

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City of Gold—the Fun Starts Here!

Oroville’s Greenline Tour
This Oroville
Greenline map
locates many of the
attractions in the
Guide. Use this map
while following the
green line down
the center of the street to each of the
featured attractions.
Take the Cell Phone Tour...
Seven of the Greenline Tour
historical attractions are now included
in a cell phone walking tour. Exploring
historic Oroville with narratives about
each of the attractions using your cell

phone is easy and fun. Simply dial
530-539-3004 on your cell phone and
press the numbers for the location that
you are visiting. The numbers to press
are represented with a cell phone icon
and the appropriate number on the
page describing the attraction in this
guide. For example, go to page ten in
the 101 where you will see the
cell phone icon and the
number 107. Dial 530539-3004 and press 107
107
for the Pioneer Museum
narrative. You can take
the tour on foot or by car
following the Greenline Cell Phone Walking
and street signs.
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Bidwell Bar Day

Drive Over
the Nation’s
Tallest Dam

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Oroville Dam
Follow Oro Dam Blvd. East
Info: 530-534-2306
Completed in 1968,
it stands 770 feet
high and is 6,920 feet
across the top. It is
the tallest and one of
the largest earthen
dams in the USA.
Tailings from the gold dredging era
make up most of the material used in
construction.
A picnic area overlooks the dam &
has restroom facilities. The dam area is
also a favorite of local swimmers.
Beneath the dam, a cavern almost as
large as the state capitol building has
been hollowed out to house six power
generation units. Coupled with four
units in the Thermalito Power Plant,
they generate more than 2.8 billion
kilowatt-hours of power annually.

Lake Oroville, which the dam
created, has a surface area of 24 square
miles and a shoreline of 167 miles,
including many waterfalls in the Spring.

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Walk Across
California’s First
Suspension Bridge

Bidwell Bar Suspension Bridge
South End of Lake Oroville in
Bidwell Canyon
Off Kelly Ridge Road
530-538-2219
In 1856, a suspension bridge was

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swung across the Feather River at
Bidwell Bar, site of the county’s first
gold mining community. It’s towers,
manufactured in New York and brought
around the Horn, the bridge was the
first of it’s type in California and was
closed to traffic in 1954.
Prior to the construction of Oroville
Dam, the bridge was dismantled and
relocated in Bidwell Canyon. The first
Saturday of every May, the Bidwell Bar
Day celebration is held here featuring
demonstrations of pioneer crafts, gold
panning, food and entertainment. The
Toll House Museum there is open on
Saturdays during the summer.

Videos on Request at the
Lake Oroville Visitor’s Center
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WATER VIDEOS

Length (minutes)

Birth of Oroville Dam:..................................................10
Seeking Its Own Course:...............................................3
Balancing Act:.............................................................22
What Do You Know About H2O?:...................................35
Lure of Water:.............................................................11
Water for Life:.............................................................14
The Fish Hatchery:......................................................12
Wings Over Water:........................................................6
To Protect, Conserve, & Develop:.................................12
California’s White Treasure:.........................................13
The Living Marsh:.......................................................13
California State Water Project:.....................................14
High Water Floods of 1986:.........................................20
For Generations to Come:............................................11
California Water Story:................................................16
The Water Cycle:................................................... 10-12
Pipeline:......................................................................23
Free-Flowing Rivers: ..................................................18

PARK & NATURALIST VIDEOS

John Bidwell’s California:............................................24
Windows on the Delta:................................................24
Wild California-Land:...................................................25
California Rice:............................................................14
California Indian Baskets:............................................30
Concow Maidu:...........................................................30
Ishi in Two Worlds:......................................................20
Ghost Towns:..............................................................18
The Gold Rush/California Settlement:..........................16
Oroville: Past & Present:..............................................14
Gold Dredge & Hard Rock Mining & Hydraulic Mining:... (ea) 20
Tears from the Sun:.....................................................19
Animal Babies:............................................................10
The Predators:............................................................26
Looking at Fishes:.......................................................15
Marty Stouffer’s Wild America: 6 videos............... (ea) 30
Bird of Prey — Red Tailed Hawk:................................14
Rare and Endangered Plants of California:...................18
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Get the Big
Picture

Lake Oroville Visitor’s Center

Lake Oroville Visitor’s Center
North End of Kelly Ridge Road,
Off Olive Hwy (Hwy 162)
530-538-2219 • http://parks.ca.gov
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, &
New Year’s Day
This is a great
source for just
about any kind of
information you
want about the area.
The center, a joint
venture between
California’s Dept. of Parks & Recreation
and the Dept. of Water Resources, has
exhibitions which cover the history of
the California water projects from the
early Spanish-built dams to the dams of
today, Maidu Indian culture, and local
wildlife.
More than forty videos are available
for viewing upon request. Brochures on
all area attractions are available as well
as maps of hiking and horse trails.
Be sure to climb the 47-foot high
viewing tower for spectacular views of
the lake, mountains, and valley.

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and held a regional bass tournement
here. And bass aren’t the only type of
fish you’ll find. Coho salmon, catfish,
mackinaw, and brown trout can all be
found here.

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Want Wind
or Speed?

North & South Forebays
West of Hwy. 70, north of Oroville
(Garden Drive Exit)
Classes: 774-7934
ForebayAquaticCenter.com
Reserved for non-motorized use

For an extensive list of community events, visit orovillechamber.net

Great Camping &
the Best Fishing
in the State

Lake Oroville Recreation Area
east of Oroville, off Olive Hwy. (162)
Campsite Reservations:
800-444-PARK (7275)
Park Headquarters • 530-538-2200
www.dwr.water.ca.gov/lakeoroville
Camping opportunities abound at
this State Recreation Area, including
boat-in campsites and ten two-tiered
floating campsites, along with the more
typical all-terrain and RV hookup sites.
For marina information (houseboat
& other boat rentals, etc.), please see
item number 18.
If it’s bass you’re after, you’ll be
pleased to know that Bassmaster
magazine ranks Lake Oroville as the
“Best Bass Fishing Spot in California,”

Feather Fiesta Days: Activity abounds Saturday May 10th
with the Grand Parade, Car Show, Chile Cookoff, Craft Fairs & more.
Lake Oroville: Boating / Camping / Fishing. Recreational opportunities are also
available at the North and South Forebays, Afterbay, Diversion Pond & Feather River.
Oroville’s Salmon Festival

Sept. 27 in Downtown Oroville.
A weekend of fun for everyone! salmonfestoroville.org

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just relax in the sun. A 200-yard
sandy swimming beach has men’s
and women’s dressing rooms,
drinking water, and a special
feature — shade trees that keep
the sun off of your picnic table and
you. A 15-space RV campsite and
restrooms are also found at the
North Forebay.
In addition to the North
Forebay, there is a 7,000 sq.
ft. aquatic center on site.
The Forebay Aquatic Center is a
collaborative effort between the
Department of Boating and Waterways,
the Department of Water Resources, the
Department of Parks and Recreation
and the Chico Rowing Club. The center

Fun at the Forebay

only, the North Forebay is a sailor’s
dream come true. Ranked as the best
sailing and windsurfing north of the
Bay Area, these waters and winds are
delightful. The spot is also popular with
those who prefer to canoe, swim, or

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provides boat rentals, such as kayaks
(both single and double), pedal boats,
hydro bikes, canoes, and sailboats. In
addition to the rentals, the center offers
courses in sailing, sit-on-top kayaking,
sea kayaking, canoeing, wakeboarding,
rowing, and aquatic camps for youths
ages 8-16. The Aquatic Center is open
Wed. through Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The South Forebay is the spot for
speed competitions. Jet ski, speedboat,
and hydroplaners all come here to show
what they’re made of. The water action
is exciting, and there’s a new swimming
beach, a picnic area, and a fish cleaning
station, as well as new shade trees.

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Catch the
49er Spirit

Butte County Pioneer
Memorial Museum
107
2332 Montgomery St.
cityoforoville.org/
pioneermuseum.html
530-538-2497
Fri-Sat-Sun. Noon-4p.m.
Closed: Dec. 15-Jan. 31
Admission: $2 Adults ($1.50/each
for groups with 15 or more),
children under 12 free

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cabin. The
building
enlarged to
6,000 sq. ft.
treasures.
Antique
the original
School organ,
from Bidwell
hat collection
1849 bonnet

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Built by the Native
Sons & Daughters of
the Golden West and
operated by the City of
Oroville, this museum
was built in 1932 as a
replica of a 49er
original
has been
now hold
of historic
pianos,
Oregon City
a grand old clock
Bar, an extensive
(including an
worn by a

wagontrainer), beautifully elaborate
women’s fans, antique dolls (including
a doll from the Donner Party), a
miner’s vest tailored to hold different
size nuggets, and a handmade gold
needle are just part of the holdings of
the first room.
The Indian artifact display contains
one of the largest arrowhead and basket
collections in the area, and the Chinese
exhibit features a rare tear jar.
One area is devoted to the life of
Florence Danforth Boyle, the museum’s
founder and Butte County Recorder in
1918.
It will give you the 49er spirit!
To hear a narrative on this historic
attraction, dial 530-539-3004 and press 107.

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Relive a
Love Story

C.F. Lott Home in
Sank Park
101
1067 Montgomery St.
530-538-2497
or 538-2415
Home Hours: Sun., Mon. &
Fri. 11:30-3:30
Closed: Dec. 15-Jan. 31
Admission: Adults $3, Children
under 12 free
Park Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9-9, Sun. 9-8:30
A Victorian revival
style structure, the
C.F. Lott Home built
in 1856 serves as a
cultural repository for
decorative art objects
which are typical of
the homes of Oroville’s pioneer families.
The collection includes antique
furnishings, paintings, rugs, textiles,
clothes, silver, and glassware of the
period 1849-1910. The tour retells a

love story,
including
the surprise
built into the
fireplace.
The garden
contains
a profusion of
flowers, including an outstanding
hybrid rose area, and the park contains
a lovely gazebo as well as many trees
that show autumn color. Don’t miss the
carriage house with Jess and Cornelia’s
1922 Buick. Portions of the property
may be reserved for weddings and other
private functions.
To hear a narrative on this historic
attraction, dial 530-539-3004 and press 101.

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Know Another
Culture

Oroville Chinese
Temple & Garden
1500 Broderick St.
530-538-2496

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www.cityoforoville.org/
chinesetemple.html

Hours: Daily, Noon-4
Closed December 15-January 31
Admission: Adults $3,
Children under 12 free
Tour groups and special rates
Built in 1863 to serve a community
of 10,000 Chinese, this temple of
treasures is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places and

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Chinese Temple

also as a California
Landmark. It was
first opened to
visitors during
California’s 1949
Centennial.
It includes three chapels, with the
main chapel, Liet Sheng Kong, serving
as a place of worship for Taoism,
Confucianism, and Buddhism.
In 1968, Tapestry Hall was added
to display the extensive collection

of embroidered
tapestries, parade
parasols, and other
objects of beauty. A
priceless collection
of Chinese and
American costumes is
arranged to contrast
the
two cultures
by decades
from 1850 to
1930. Also see
the rare threedimensional
puppets from
the Oroville
Chinese Opera
Theatre.
Visitors
won’t want
to miss the
garden, which is designed as a
place for meditation and reflection and
has plantings that originated in China;
each is a symbol for a Taoist idea.
The temple and garden are maintained
by the Oroville Parks Department.
To hear a narrative on this historic
attraction, dial 530-539-3004 and press 102.

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Songs, Dances
& More

Historic State
Theatre of Oroville
106
At Myers & Robinson
Tickets: 530-538-2415
Box Office Information
Recording: 530-5382470
Dedicated in
1928, this theater
has featured great
vaudeville acts, fine
films, and multiple
live music, dance, and
drama performances.
The theater was designed by Timothy
L. Pflueger and J.R. Miller, who also
created the Pacific Telephone and
Telegraph Building in San Francisco.
The State was restored to much of its
original grandeur in the late 1980s with
additional restoration projects being
completed every few years. The theatre
now has an outstanding lineup each
season of national touring companies as
well as local groups presenting music,
dance, comedy, and drama.
To hear a narrative on this historic
attraction, dial 530-539-3004 and press 106.

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Lincoln at Robinson,
105
530-877-7436,
533-5316
Open for tours
Saturdays, 11-3
Butte County Historical Society
Museum, 1749 Spencer Ave.
530-533-9418, Fri. 9-12, Sat. 11-3
Butte County Historical Society
Archives, 2335 Baldwin Ave.
530-533-9418, Thurs.-Fri., 9-Noon
Freda Ehmann,
“Mother of the Ripe
Olive Industry,” and
her son, Edwin, built
this Colonial Revival
Craftsman home
in 1911 after she’d
perfected a curing process for ripe olives

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and had markets across the nation. Edwin
served as mayor here from 1919-23.

China, glassware, pottery, jewelry,
silver, clocks, paintings, books, magazines, sheet music, fixtures, quilts,
figurines, dolls, toys, tools, records,
trunks, and every type and style of
furniture can all be found. Whether
you’re adding to a collection, wanting
to buy a gift for someone else, or just
looking for a classy way to add to the
decor of your own home, do take the
time to treasure hunt in these shops.

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Ehmann Home

Open for tours by appointment and
on Saturdays from 11-3, the home
features lovely wainscoting, hardwood
floors, fireplaces, intricate stained
glass windows, and antique furniture
including a Chickering piano that came
around the Horn. The home is available
for weddings & other events.
BCHS Museum houses Ishi’s jailcell
door, early gold scales, photographs,
an amazingly detailed dollhouse, an
Erle Stanley Gardner exhibit and many
videos. BCHS hosts annual “Ishi Days”
each May.
Research assistance and sale of
books, Diggin’s (BCHS’ quarterly
publication), and Ehmann olives are
offered at the Archives.
Gifts are offered in all three venues,
Main and 5th Streets.

Take in the
Visual Arts

Oroville’s Antique Shops
Downtown Oroville
Antique dealers from all over the
Northwest come here to buy for their
shops. It’s because of the bargains.

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Hours: Tues-Sat, Noon-4 p.m.
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To hear a narrative on this historic
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Broken Color Art Gallery
1360 Montgomery St.
530-534-5474
The mission of the Artists of River
Town is to share art with the people
of all ages in the area, offer a space to
local artists to share their work with the
public and educate those who wish to
know more about art. The organization
sponsors a “Kids Art Day” every

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ART GALLERY
1360 Montgomery St., Oroville
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Paintings, Prints, Cards,
Illustrations, Private Lessons

GREAT GIFTS!
Call 534-5474

March, gives kids the opportunity to
make “Mom’s Day” cards for their
mothers during parade day of Feather
Fiesta Days, classes of various sorts and
workshops at the gallery.
The gallery is open from noon-4 p.m.
Tuesdays through Saturdays, is open
First Friday of the month until 7 p.m.,
and participates
in other special
events such as
the Wildflower
Festival, Salmon
Festival and has
a juried”Mystery
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Mason Days in
October.

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The Lantrip Ashtray Museum, inside
the gallery, opened in spring 2013 and
features over 10,000 unique ashtrays
from around world, including ashtrays
from the White House and House of
Representatives. It is the collection of
the late Dean Lantrip, who served as
Oroville’s Postmaster from 1980-1993.
To view Jon Shult’s award-winning
art, visit Broken Color Art Gallery in
downtown Oroville. Shult works in
a variety of media including drawing,
printmaking and painting. He explores
the landscape and figures (clothed
and nude) using a style influenced by
Impressionism.
Prints of paintings are also available,
as well as cards and illustrated t-shirts,
and Shult welcomes Commissions. He
is teaching art classes for the Chico Art
Center, as well as conducting private
lessons.
Steve Nielsen local artist known
for his realism in the making of metal
sculptures of dinosaurs, butterflies,
dragonflies, salmon and steelhead,
designed and built a stainless-steel
eagle now on display at the CCC. Every
feather in this unique sculpture is
hand cut, sanded, shaped, polished and
applied one feather at a time. The city
of Oroville recently gave the innovative
and creative talent a grant to create
large metal sculptures for the park
along the river near the Nature Center
where you can view his work.

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Lake Oroville Golf and Event Center

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Get Teed Off

Lake Oroville Golf and Event Center
9 Holes, Par 66; 5131 Royal Oaks
Drive • 530-589-0777
Table Mountain Golf
18 Holes, Par 72; Oro Dam Blvd. W.,
2 miles W. Hwy 70 • 533-3922
Dingerville USA
9 Holes, Par 27; 5813 Pacific
Heights Rd. • 530-533-9343
Riverbend Park Disc Golf Course
18 Holes; West end of
Montgomery St. at Hwy. 70
530-533-2011, www.frrpd.com
If golfing is your sport, Oroville offers
three courses with widely differing
terrains. The Lake Oroville Golf and
Event Center course near Lake Oroville
is tight, challenging, and offers a
rolling, parklike setting with lovely
foothill views. It also features a netted
driving range, a pro shop and practice
putting greens.
The Table Mountain course has
hosted the Women’s Pro Am Tour, but
don’t let that scare you away—amateurs
play there year round. It features water
hazards, sand traps, and a driving range
and putting green.
South of Oroville, off Hwy. 70,
Dingerville USA is an Executive
golf course. Their shortest hole is 90
yards, their longest 192. Pull-cart and
club rentals are available. This course
opened in 1993.
A great family pastime, because it’s
free and all ages can play, is a round
of disc golf at the Riverbend Disc Golf
Course. The course was designed by Ed
Hedrick, the father of disc golf, and was
a project of Sunrise Rotary Club. Discs
can be purchased at the Feather River
Recreation & Park District office at
1875 Feather River Blvd.

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Bike Along a
River & Across
a Dam

41-Mile Freeman Bicycle Trail
530-533-7885
Completed in 1996, this trail
provides 41 miles of scenic off-road

recreational riding for All Terrain
Bicycles. Over 30 miles of the trail are
flat with some slightly rolling terrain.
There are two steep grades within a
2-mile distance from Lake Oroville on
each side of the Dam. In fact, the trail
on the North side of the Dam was the
site (1 of 7) of the California
State Downhill Championship Series
Race, a 1.5-mile single track trail with
37 turns and 750 feet of vertical drop.
All segments of this exceptional
trail have their own elements of
beauty. Rolling oaks, scattered
pines, beautiful meadows (filled
with wildflowers in the Spring),
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Centennial Plaza
Completed in 2007
Centennial Plaza is a
destination not to miss.
It is located within easy
walking distance of
the historic downtown
area. You can also drive
up either Lincoln Street or Huntoon
Street to the parking area to begin
enjoying the beauty of the plaza. As you
meander through the environmentally
friendly walkways, stop at each of the ten
Interpretative Panels made of porcelain
enamel steel containing historical
information which will give you a great
perspective of how Oroville began.
Incredible vistas from every location
within the plaza allow the visitor to see
the Feather River up close, the big “O” on
Table Mountain, hear the rush of water
leaving the Feather River Fish Hatchery
or just enjoy a quite-peaceful moment on
one of the many benches and grassy areas.
Native plants and trees are a delight to
see as well as the decorative trellis system
that provides balance to the plaza. The
finishing touch to your visit will be seeing
nine anatomically correct; chrome plated
bronze fish sculptures that depict a group
of salmon in natural swim formation.
Decorative night lighting makes this a
special vista.
The plaza which was designed in honor
of the City’s Centennial is part of a long
term vision for the revitalization of the
historic downtown area. It offers the
base for the many opportunities that the
bordering Feather River provides to the
community. Ultimately, the entire levee
area will connect the Fish Hatchery to
the east, and all that Bedrock Park and
Riverbend Park offer to the west. The
planned Gateway Project at Montgomery
Street & Feather River Blvd and the future
walking and bicycle paths will be a final
enhancement to the plan. The plaza is a
living memorial to be enjoyed by all who
pass thorough it and view the expansive
vistas offered. The plaza is ADA accessible.
A Proposition 40 grant of $3,000,000
and Redevelopment Agency Funds of
$300,000 helped build the plaza. The plaza
was the recipient of the 2008 American
Society of Civil Engineers, Region 9;
Riverfront Urban Transformation Project
of the year.
To hear a narrative on this historic
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and the Sutter
Buttes, lovely park,
river, and afterbay scenes, and
many species of birds are all found
here.
Maps of the Freeman Bicycle
Trail are available at Greenline
Cycles, 1911 Montgomery (corner
of Huntoon), at the Oroville Area
Chamber of Commerce, 1789
Montgomery Street, and at the Lake
Oroville Visitor’s Center.

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Swing Into
Fitness

Anytime Fitness
1124 Oro Dam Blvd.
530-533-7770
Outdoor Fitness Course
Riverbend Park, W. end of Montgomery/Hwy. 70, along the bike trail
530-533-2011
Oroville Sports Club
2600 Oro Dam Blvd.
530-538-0123
Bedrock Park
Fifth Avenue & Stafford Street
The Outdoor Fitness Course is
state-of-the art and is designed for
low impact cardio-vascular health and
fitness for all levels. It consists of
four stations, each with directions for

the various activities. A project of the
Rotary Club of Oroville, it is accessible
for all, including the disabled.
The sports clubs offers facilities
for just about everything for anyone
interested in getting or staying in
shape: aerobics/fitness programs,
weight-support programs, etc.
If you prefer a park-like setting, try
Bedrock Park for eight lighted tennis
courts.

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See Nature
in Action

Feather River Fish Hatchery &
Nature Center Park
Off Table Mountain Blvd. at Feather
River Crossing
Visiting Hours: 8 a.m. to Sundown
Fish ladder opens the day after Labor Day. Tours: 530-534-2306
When Oroville
Dam was built, several
miles of spawning
grounds were no
longer available to
salmon and steelhead
trout returning
to their home stream to spawn. To
compensate for this loss, the Dept.
of Fish & Game and Dept. of Water
Resources opened this state-of-the art
facility.
The hatchery can accommodate
9,000 adult salmon and 2,000 adult
steelhead. The incubators can hold
20 million eggs, and 9.6 million
fingerlings can be reared in the eight
concrete raceways. During their Fall-

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run (heaviest in September-November,
but extending into February) the fish
can be seen, through windows built
into the wall, jumping the ladder-like
steps leading to the gathering tanks,
providing an aquarium-like view.
If you’ve never
witnessed this life cycle,
try to find time to watch
nature in spectacular
CALIFORNIA action at this official
WATCHABLE California Watchable
W I L D L I F E Wildlife site.
Built of stone and sitting beside the
river just across from the hatchery on
Old Ferry Road, the 1930’s WPA bath

Three of Oroville’s gardens are
featured in Garden Getaways-Northern
California (1989, Tioga Publishing Co.),
which is quite a compliment for the
city. “Closed off to the world outside
its gates, the garden is a mystery from
outside but a place of shelter and
tranquility within,” is how the author
describes the Chinese Temple Garden
after listing dawn redwood, ginkgo,
wisteria, bamboo, waterlilies, and other
specimens to be enjoyed here.
After discussing species in Sank
Park, “…a rose garden…a trellised
gazebo, and wide lawns with beautiful
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Gifted With
Gardens

Chinese Temple Garden
1500 Broderick St.
Lott Garden in Sank Park
1067 Montgomery St.
Minasian Azalea Gardens
1681 Bird St.
Western Pacific’s Calif. Display
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in Oroville is the former California
Display Garden at Western Pacific
Brewing & Dining. The garden was
originally used to “greet and introduce”
rail travelers to the huge variety of
California fruit trees. After traveling
through the snow in the Sierras, we bet
they were impressed.to see avocados,
palms, a fig, olive, persimmon, and
pineapple guava. Little remains of
the garden now, but you can use your
imagination and understand the thrill
that rail travelers once experienced.
And you just haven’t seen Spring
until you view the 165 varieties of
azaleas in April bloom at Minasian’s.
Loafer Creek Horse Camp

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Horsing Around

Loafer Creek Horse Camp
Lake Oroville Recreation Area
530-538-2200
Reserve America, 800-444-7275
This new state-of-the-art facility
features 15 campsites (two horses per
site), a restroom with shower facility, a
horse washing station
and horse tethering and feeding
stations. What more could you ask for?
The area features 44 miles of riding
and hiking trails traveling from an
elevation of 200-1000 feet. The trail
meanders by many sights, including an
old settler’s cabin and an 1850’s
water flume. It’s a beautiful ride.
A trail map, developed by the Lake
Oroville Mounted Assistance Unit, is
available for $1.50.
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Lake Oroville Marina

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Rent a Boat &
View a Lake
Oroville Sunset

Bidwell Marina
801 Bidwell Canyon Drive,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-589-9175
Lake Oroville Marina
3428 Pentz Road,
Paradise, CA 95969
530-877-2414 or 800-255-5561
Some folks prefer sunrises, but we’re
partial to sunsets, and we don’t think
they come any better than those shining
their colors across a lake. Since they’re
twice as nice if you’re surrounded by
water, why not enjoy one the best way.
Both marinas have party boats, ski
boats, fishing boats, waverunners, skis/
toys available for rent at a nominal
charge, and Lake Oroville Marina rents
houseboats. You can get snacks to take
along, as well as bait and tackle if you
want to fish, in their grocery store.
And then there’s the party barge —
huge patio boat/dance floor/campsite/
conference room — it’s all of these.
Camping and picnic facilities are
available near both marinas. Call ahead
to be sure of a boat when you arrive.

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World Tour
of Wildlife

Huntington’s Sportsman’s Store
601 Oro Dam Blvd.
530-534-8000
Hours: Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat. 8-5
Admission is free
You may have seen wildlife museums
that contain a nice variety of area

wildlife, but Oroville is home to one
with over 100 “trophies” from all over
the world. Many photographs taken
during the hunts are also displayed,
and in the cases surrounding the
museum room is an outstanding and
unique collection of firearms.

Huntington’s also has cases filled
with memorabilia from Oroville’s
past: antique bottles and many Indian
artifacts, including an exceptional
collection of baskets. It’s easy to see
why it’s called “Northern California’s
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Taste Oranges &
Olives Oils—Yum!

Morse Mandarin Farms
8 Featherdale Dr.,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-589-2126
www.morsemandarinfarms.com
Mt. Ida Mandarin Ranch
845 Mt. Ida Rd.,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-589-5799, FAX: 589-5949
www.holidaymandarins.com
Tri-L Mandarin Ranch
Entrance on Mt. Ida Rd., near intersection of Mt. Ida & Naranja
Oroville, CA 95966
530-534-4316, FAX: 534-1397
www.Mandarins4you.com

Butte View Olive Co.
2950 Louis Ave.,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-534-8320
www.butteview.com
Lodestar Farms Olive Oil
3719 Foothill Blvd.,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-534-6548
www.lodestarfarms.com
Sierra Oro Farm Trail Map
530-566-9849
www.sierraoro.org
Satsuma mandarins, sweet,
juicy, seedless oranges with
a thin, loose peel, grow in
many places throughout
Butte County, but if you drive

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the “citrus corridor”, you will find the
farm signs along the roadways of Mt.
Ida Rd., Featherdale Dr. and Olive Hwy.
directing you to some of the tastiest
mandarins in the nation.
The mandarin season starts in late
November and runs through mid-

January, and
the places we’ve
listed welcome visitors. In
addition, Tri-L Mandarin Ranch
will have its annual “Harvest
Festival” on December 7th and
8th 2013 with free admission.
If you’ve read a recent copy of “Wine
Spectator” magazine, you’ll know that
Oroville is rated as the best place in the
nation to grow olives. And that explains
why olive oil made from Oroville’s olives
are taking “Best of Show” awards at the
Los Angeles County Fair—the fair in
the nation for olive oil judging!

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We spoke with three of the local
growers and olive oil producers and
were impressed to learn that each of
them had traveled abroad to study the
process of making olive oil, one in
France, one in Spain, and one in Italy.
The Wagon Wheel Market on Olive
Highway carries many of the local olive
oils, but Lodestar Farms also has a
tasting room and gives tours; however,
a phone call to any of them can get
you an appointment to sample the best
extra virgin olive oil this side of the
Mediterranean!
The Sierra Oro Farm Trail Map
features many of the above-mentioned
farms, ranches and vineyards. The
maps are available from the Butte
County communities’ Chambers of
Commerce or call 530-566-9849.

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Try Your Luck

Colusa Casino
3 miles north of Colusa, Hwy.45
530-458-8844
www.colusacasino.com
Feather Falls Casino
Hwy. 70 to Ophir Rd. then east
530-533-3885
www.featherfallscasino.com
Gold Country Casino & Hotel
4020 Olive Hwy.
530-538-4560
www.gold-country-casino.com
Rolling Hills Casino
Liberal Avenue exit
in Corning
530-528-3504
www.rollinghillscasino.com

These casinos have slot machines,
blackjack, bingo, and just about
anything you’d want if you’re feeling
lucky!
All four casinos also feature live
entertainment, and have restaurants
on-site, and Gold Country has a 24-lane
bowling alley.

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North Wilbur Road at the Afterbay
Canal • 530-532-7530
The sign on Wilbur Road reads
“Oroville Air Corp.–Spectators
Welcome.” And you can watch model
airplanes being flown most Sunday
mornings—every description of plane
and some with wingspans of 120
inches—even helicoptors.
The group encourages spectators
and urges young and old to put their
own craft in the air, pointing out that
you can be piloting your own radiocontrolled airplane for less than $300.
The group meets monthly.
DWR built a 350 x 300 foot runway,
but the Wilbur site is best known
because it affords both land and
water takeoffs and landings.
Oroville is one of only
two places in
Northern
California
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land and
water facilities
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Admire The
Murals

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Oroville’s downtown has turned into
a mural mecca with over 15 murals,
and you can also find one at the Lake
Oroville Visitor’s Center.
The murals high-light Oroville’s

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heritage going from the Gold Rush era
through World War II.
These murals have been created
thanks to the Downtown Business
Association. If you have ideas or
donations for future murals, please
contact Mike Isch at Northwestern
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Watch the
Trains Go By

than in Oroville’s original
Western Pacific Railway Station? This
beautiful structure has been lovingly
restored, and a wonderful, new, steam
engine mural has just been painted on a
wall in the entryway.
If you’re there when things aren’t
terribly busy, one of the staff members
will enjoy telling you a little of the
building’s history, and we love the
regular passing of the trains.

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Whenever you go, we suggest that
you stay for one of their beers. They’re
winning ribbons at competitions and
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The Last Yahi

California Historic Landmark
“The Last Yahi Indian”
Oro-Quincy Hwy. & Oak Street
Ishi Mural
Downtown on Robinson St.,
between Lincoln & Huntoon
Film & additional information
available at The Lake Oroville
Visitor’s Center • 530-538-2219
In 1911, an
Indian about
50 years of age
wandered into
the outskirts
of Oroville. An
anthropologist

came here and took the man, whom he
named Ishi, back to the university and
was amazed to learn that Ishi spoke a
language thought to have been extinct.
Ishi worked at the school both as a
janitor and as a teacher of his culture
until his death in 1916.
The monument was designed and
built by the McInturf family of Oroville
and is constructed of fieldstone
rocks gathered from the Deer Creek
Canyon area where Ishi lived before
his family died, and he found his
way to Oroville. The Rotary Club
has recently added picnic tables and
landscaping to the area surrounding the
monument, making it a pleasant spot to
contemplate our land of many cultures.

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Fish for Salmon in Oroville

Books about Ishi include Ishi,
The Story of an American Indian
by Kathleen Allan Meyer and Ishi in
Two Worlds by Theodora Kroeber.
In 1992, “The Last of His Tribe”
starring Graham Greene as Ishi was
filmed in the area. The movie was
aired on HBO and is now in video
stores.

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Laugh, Cry
& Applaud

Birdcage Theatre & Hocks Unlimited
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spot, but time and
time again, we’re
overwhelmed by the
professional quality
of productions that
are staged here.
The Birdcage
season begins
in September,
and nearly every
month sees a
new production.
Hocks Unlimited presents their annual
melodrama every July and features
popcorn, beverages, and unlimited
laughs.

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Locomotive buffs will enjoy these
two old steam engines. Railroads were
an important part of Oroville’s history
since the lumber industry played a
dominant role in the local economy and
depended heavily on the railroads.
The Shay engine located on the Park
Avenue side originally belonged to the
Hutchinson Lumber Co., purchased to
operate on its private 20-mile logging
railroad in the foothills east of here.
Both engines represent an important
part of Oroville history.

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beauty with ample opportunities for
fishing enthusiasts and birdwatchers.
Egrets, beaver and river otters are
among the many animals found here.

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31

Military History,
Riverside
Camping & Paint
Ball at 1 Location

Military Museum, Campground, &
PaintBall at Surplus City
4514 Pacific Heights Rd.
530-534-9956

Gun (manufactured by Laudi during
WWII), a rocket launcher (“Bazooka”
of WWII), an English Civil Defense
Air Raid Siren used to help Londoners
reach the safety of bomb shelters, a
Dutch Army Motorcycle (1955), to a
Sidewinder Missile AIM-9E and an
M60 Machine Gun developed for
use in Viet Nam.
There are a number of military
wagons plus an outstanding
collection of WWII posters
which were used to boost
morale, sell war bonds, and
fuel nationalism in the
1940’s.
Since you’ll need
time to explore the many items
on display, you may want to
consider staying in the tree-shaded
Campground here that is nestled
on the banks of the Feather River.
Fishing, tubing & kayaking trips
originate here.
PaintBall is one of the nation’s
fastest growing sports, and here you’ll
find a series of fields within a master
field for scenario games, as well as for
“Speedball” and “Capture the Flag.”

Urban Chic
Wine Adventure
2-5PM

Sunday, May 4
760 Safford Ave., Oroville
The Oroville Branch of
AAUW fundraiser
to send Oroville girls to
UC Davis Tech Trek

2014

Administered by the
California Department
of Fish and Game, the
area is divided into two
units: the 4,300-acre
Thermalito Afterbay
with its 26 miles of
shoreline and the
5,700-acre Borrow Area
Preserve. Bass, catfish, and
crappie are found in both the
ponds and the afterbay area,
and salmon, steelhead, and shad
can be caught in the river, twelve
miles of which wanders through the
Borrow Area section. Canoes or cartop boats can be launched in
several spots along the river.
Some fishing restrictions are
men-tioned on maps available at the
entry points. There are campsites (no
fees) in the southern half of Borrow
Area.
The area is also popular with
birdwatchers since it provides a yearround or seasonal home to 171 species
of birds.

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Cool Off with
a Swim

When the valley heat becomes too
much to bear, lots of folks like to dive
into the water to cool off. Four area
facilities offer that opportunity.
Bedrock Park, a 3.75-acre area along
the Feather River, offers swimming in
the river as well as river views. Nelson
Pool is open to the public from June to
September and offers recreational swim
time daily from 1-4 p.m. with evening
hours on Tuesday and Thursday from
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Serious lap swimmers’ hours at the
pool are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
from 4-6 p.m.
Palermo Pool is also open from
June to September with recreational
swimming hours on Monday through
Saturday from 1-4 p.m., and evening
hours from 6:30-8:30.
The heated
Y.M.C.A. Pool has
both classes and
open swims.
The pool
serves a number of
populations, from
infants through therapy groups.

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in Palermo
Twenty-four acre Mitchell Park
features several youth baseball fields, a
baseball stadium, picnic facilities, and
Playtown USA, a theme playground—
something for almost everyone.
At Nelson Park, three lighted fields
serve the Feather River Park & Rec.
District’s softball program, and four
youth fields are used by the Thermalito
Little League. Playground equipment
and picnic tables are also provided.

Whether you’re staying for a day or a week,
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Oroville

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Montgomery Street, the first phase

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of Riverbend Park opened in May,
2006. Several open-air pavilions are
found throughout the park and are
available for picnicking or nature
viewing. The water play area is very
popular with kids. Later additions to
the park will include an Aquatic Park
with an Olympic-sized swimming pool,
waterslides, an exercise pool and a
diving pool.
Five-acre Palermo Park is
the home of the Feather River
Horseshoe Club and has 12
regulation horseshoe pits for
trying your skill.
The park also offers an oldfashioned gazebo, covered group
picnic areas, a hardtop slab,
and a tot lot with playground
equipment.
Whether you want to pitch some
horseshoes or hold a family reunion,
this park can accommodate you. The
park is also the site of the popular
Palermo Field Days each September.

34

The Sky’s
the Limit

Oroville Municipal Airport
Oro Dam Blvd. West
Two-Three Miles Past the Bridge
Rates/Reservations: 530-533-1313
Table Mountain Aviation Glider
Rates/Reservations: 530-519-1400
www.TMAGlider.com
If you think you’ve seen all there is to
see in the Oroville area, don’t be too sure
unless you’ve seen it all from the sky.
Lake Oroville is great on the ground,
but WOW, what a perspective you get
when you’re airborne. You’ll also spot
the Feather River as it winds its way
around the area.
Scenic tours by plane are available at
reasonable rates, and it’s a great way to
spend an hour or two. Gorgeous!
Table Mountain Aviation operates a
glider program offering rides piloted
by veteran pilots most Saturdays. The
flights take off from Oroville Airport
where the glider is pulled aloft by a tow
plane to as high as 5,200 feet, released
typically over Oroville Dam. From

there the glider will
seek updrafts known
as thermals, staying
aloft for approximately
35 minutes or more,
providing spectacular
views of the lake,
surrounding mountains
and the valley.

Bolt’s Antique Tool Museum

The museum is open 7 days a week,
Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sun.
11:45 – 3:45 p.m., and you’ll find it
fascinating to listen to the stories that
make the tools almost come alive!
To hear a narrative on this historic
attraction, dial 530-539-3004 and press 103.

35

12,000 Old Tools
& Still Collecting

Bolt’s Tool Museum
End of Safford Street
103
between Oak & Pine
Streets
530-538-2528,
530-538-2415
www.boltsantiquetools.com
Opened in spring of
2006, this museum is
the fulfillment of one
man’s dream. Bud
Bolt started collecting
in 1957 as a way to
get shop students to
be more attentive. His idea was to show
the students the difference between the
unweildly old tools their grandfathers
might have used and the modern ones.
The boys did start paying more attention,
and it also sparked, in Bud, a fascination
for old tools that continues today.
All of the tools on display were
manufactured during or prior to WWII
with some going back to Roman and
Egyptian times in 400 B.C. They include
adjustable wrenches that measure from
a small pair about four inches long to
a giant 12-foot industrial wrench, and
a hand-forged set of sockets made by a
blacksmith and discovered by Bud in a
junk store in Kalispell, Montana.

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The

Foothills

Feather River Scenic Canyon

The Foothills & Beyond

Hike to the 6th
36 Highest Waterfalls
in U.S.A.
Feather Falls • Plumas National
Forest • 530-534-6500
Olive Hwy. east to Forbestown Rd.,
north on Lumpkin Rd.
To view this magnificent 640 foot
waterfall, you’ll need about four hours
of time since it’s a seven-mile,
round-trip hike, but we
bet you’ll remember the
breathtaking view for
months to come.
Markers appear every
half mile to show distance
traveled, and hikers are
cautioned to take along
plenty of drinking water and
to wear adequate footwear for
the hike.
There are two trails—a
moderate and a strenuous one.
Both feature magnificent scenery.
Many enjoy taking a picnic lunch
to enjoy leisurely.

Be cautioned that on the strenuous
trail, the last mile on the way back to
the trailhead is uphill, so allow plenty of
time to complete the hike before dark.

37

Climb a Rock
With a View

Bald Rock • Plumas National Forest
530-534-6500
Hwy. 162 North to Berry Creek,
right on Bald Rock Rd.
Turn left downhill into well-signed
parking area
It’s only a quarter-mile hike from
the parking area to the huge Bald Rock
formations. The spectacular view of the
Sacramento Valley and coastal ranges
make it a hike worth taking.
There are many unique formations
atop Bald Rock, and outstanding views
in every direction.
The Maidu have a legend of a monster
called Uino who protects the middle fork
of the Feather River from his dwelling
atop Bald Rock.
We commend his choice of vistas.

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38

Springtime’s
Glory

Table Mountain
Table Mtn. Blvd. to Cherokee Rd.,
to the mountaintop
If you haven’t been to the top
of Table Mountain in the Spring,
you’ve missed a sight that folks
travel from afar to view--the
wildflowers in bloom.
You’ll see them in multiple
sizes and many shades of yellow, pink,
and white along with the striking bluishpurple lupines and brilliant golden
poppies. You may also see people flying
kites.
If you park your car and hike, please
walk only in designated areas. For the
very hearty, there are many hidden
surprises, including beautiful waterfalls.
For a guide to recognizing and
learning about the wildflowers, buy a
copy of Wildflowers of Table Mountain
- Butte County, California by Samantha
Mackey and Albin Bills, illustrated by
Larry Jansen. The book can be found in
some Chamber of Commerce offices or
by ordering from: Biological Sciences
Herbarium, CSU, Chico, CA, 95929-0515
or call 530-898-5381.

39

Early Pioneer
Towns & Fun
Sights

Cherokee
Table Mtn. Blvd. to Cherokee Road
Museum: 530-533-1849
School: 530-533-3402
Oregon City
Table Mtn. Blvd. to Cherokee Rd.,
follow “Bridge” signs
School Tours: 533-9418, 533-4715
Settled in 1853 by a school teacher
and his Cherokee Indian students from
what is now the state of Oklahoma,
Cherokee boomed from 1870-1886.
In 1881, a mining company was
operating 24 hours a day, seven days
a week. It employed 200 men using
40 million gallons of water daily with
hydraulic monitors to mine the Table

Mountain bluffs.
Investors here
included such names
as Vanderbilt.
In the late 1800’s
hydraulic mining
was outlawed due to
the environmental
damage it caused.
More than 200
diamonds of
commerical quality
were also found here.
The Calif. Historic
Landmark plaque
says that Oregon
City was settled in 1848 by a party
of Oregonians captained by Peter H.

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Burnett (who later became the first civil
governor of Calif.) and prospered as a
gold mining community.

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It is home to the Oregon City School,
which is maintained by the Butte County
Historical Society, and houses a small
museum of artifacts.
In 1984, the community, led by Clay
Castleberry, built a covered bridge,
which was automatically authenticated
by the National Society for the
Preservation of Covered Bridges because
of its true detail of a period design,
complete with wooden trusses.

Bridges, Tunnels
40 & Breathtaking
Views
Feather River Canyon National
Scenic Byway 530-534-6500
Hwy. 70 to Belden Town & Beyond
Dedicated in October, 1998, this
130-mile drive beginning in Oroville
offers spectacular views of the Feather
River Canyon. With much of it carved
out of solid granite and rock cliffs and
completed in 1935, the Feather River
highway features miles of roadway that
crisscross the north fork of the Feather
River and several tributary streams as it

winds through Plumas National Forest.
A spectacular drive for scenery
during any season, we especially enjoy
it in Spring with nearly 100 waterfalls
flowing and 1000s of wildflowers
and in the Fall for Autumn color.
The steel arch bridge located about
30 miles north of Oroville is one of
the wonders of construction on this
breathtaking drive. The 680 foot long
structure is 200 feet above the river
and 170 feet above the Western Pacific
Railroad bridge below. The bridge is
unique in that it not only curves as it
crosses the river, but is also banked,
creating a span that both curves and
twists at about a five-degree angle.
Along the drive, you’ll see several
PG&E hydroelectric facilities, and will
travel through three tunnels; the third
and longest is 1,187 feet and has viewing
windows on the north side. The tunnels
were a WPA project, with some of the
rock removed from inside the tunnels
used in the stone guardrails seen
throughout the drive.
Also, of note if you’re interested in
rock climbing is Grizzly Dome, where
folks scale the vertical rock, near one of
the tunnels.

41

It’s the Berries!

Berry Creek is a small foothill
community 18 miles east of Oroville
named for Henry Berry, an early pioneer
settler, but the wild blackberries growing
throughout the area have put Berry
Creek on the map.
Berry Creek hospitality ranges from
a famous bed and breakfast, 2 stores, 3
churches, 1 gas station, a real western
saloon, a post office and a school to an
annual Berry Festival which takes place
on the second Saturday in August.
The Festival, which started more than
ten years ago as a community activity,
now brings visitors from all over the
state.

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42

A Hideout of
Black Bart’s

Mountain House
9 miles north of Berry Creek on
Oro-Quincy Hwy.
About nine miles north of the Bald
Rock turnoff, you will pass an old, gray,
two-story building. This is Mountain
House, an old stage coach stop, which
is the only one left of the four that were
on this stretch between Oroville and
Quincy.
The Register of Historic California
Businesses has given a certificate to
Mountain House, verifying its operation
in 1849. The robber, Black Bart, is said
to have used the basement as a hideout.

43

Emeralds Among
The Pines

Sly Creek Reservoir & Little Grass
Valley Lake; Plumas National Forest
530-675-1146 or 530-534-6500
Sly Creek is 14 miles south of
La Porte on La Porte Rd.
Little Grass Valley Lake is
2 miles north of La Porte.
After driving only 45 minutes from
Oroville, we were awestruck to discover
Sly Creek Reservoir, a beautiful,
emerald-hued, 562 surface-acre lake,
resting among the pines at 3,500 feet
elevation.
Two campgrounds with less than fifty
total campsites serve Sly Creek, one with
stunning views of the lake, and the other
(Strawberry) nestled in the forest where
we could hear the creek flowing only a
few feet from our campsite. We couldn’t
decide which campground we liked best.
Both have their charms. Open to small
boats, Sly Creek has one paved launch
ramp and one cartop launch.
Little Grass Valley Lake, a 1,615
surface-acre lake, sits at 5,040 feet
elevation and has several forested
campgrounds with over 300 campsites,
plus three paved launch ramps.
Rainbow, brook, and brown trout
fishing is good at both lakes, and
swimming, picnicking, hiking and gold
panning are all enjoyed

44

Mile-High
Adventures

Bucks Lake
Hwy 70 via Quincy or
Oro-Quincy Rd. via Berry Creek
If you follow the Oro-Quincy Rd. on
the old Wells Fargo Stage route, which
takes you through Berry Creek, you’ll
reach Bucks Lake, which is just plain
beautiful any time of the year.
A mile high in the Sierra Nevada,
tall pines, a crystal clear lake, and clean
mountain air are a few of the assets
of this area. You can fish, swim, and
boat during the summer, and enjoy
snowmobiling and cross country skiing
in winter.
In the Spring, the wildflowers are
magnificent, and hunters prefer the
area in the Fall. But our favorite time is
in the summer when the Valley heat is
hovering near 100. We don’t fish, swim,
or boat. We just enjoy the air.

45

Indoor-Outdoor
Museum

Gold Trader Flat & Yuba-Feather
Historical Museum
19096 New York Flat Rd.,
Forbestown, CA 95941
530-675-2508 or 675-1025
Noon-4 p.m. Weekends from
Memorial Day-Labor Day, Free
www.YFHmuseum.org
This unique and entertaining
museum with adjoining picnic area is a
scenic half hour drive from Oroville and
is dedicated to preserving the history
of eastern Butte and northern Yuba
County.

Exhibits, include pioneer snowshoes
for humans and horses, giant saw blades,
Maidu and Chinese artifacts, mining
implements, and a working print shop.
Not to be missed is a replica of an
1870’s gold-mining town called Gold
Trader Flat. Stroll along the boardwalk
to see the post office, saloon, barber
shop, blacksmith shop, general store,
jail, a miner’s cabin, Maidu camp,
chapel, and old schoolhouse replicas.
The museum hosts “living history” days.

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Taste the Wines

The romantic ambiance of Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyard open for tasting the first weekend of the month April – October from Noon to 5 p.m.

46 Visit the Vineyards – Taste the Wines
1. Bangor Ranch Vineyard
5768 La Porte Rd.
Bangor, CA 95914
510-658-2056
Hrs: 1st & 3rd Sat. Noon to 5
bangor-ranch.com

2. Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyard
3363 Hegan Lane
Chico, CA 95928
530-343-1623
Hrs: By Appointment
beragnawine.com

3. Dog Creek Cellars

9975 Garden Creek Rd.
Durham, CA 95938
530-345-3714
Hrs: 1st. Sun. Noon to 5
dogcreekcellars.com

4. Gale Vineyards

9345 Stanford Lane
Durham, CA 95938
530-891-1264
Hrs: By Appointment
galevineyards.com

5. Grey Fox Vineyards

90 Grey Fox Lane,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-589-3920
Hrs: Sat. & Sun., Noon-5
greyfox.net
contactus@greyfox.net

6. Hickman Family Vineyards
77 Orange Ave.
Bangor, CA 95914
530-679-0679
Hrs: By Appointment
hickmanfamilyvineyards.com

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10. New Clairvaux Vineyard

8. La Rocca Vineyards

11. Odyssey Winery

2309 Park Ave.
Chico, CA 95928
530-345-6405
Hrs: Mon. - Fri. 9 - 5
honeyrun.com

12. Purple Line Urban Winery

26240 7th St.
Vina, CA
Daily 11am-5pm
530-839-2200
newclairvauxvineyard.com

Tasting Room
222 W. Second St.
Chico, CA 95926
800-808-9463
Hrs: W–F 1:30-8, S 12-8,
Sun.1:30-6
laroccavineyards.com

760 Safford St.
Oroville, CA 95965
530-543-1785
Hrs. Wed. 2-8, Th-S 12-7,
Sun. 12-5
purplelinewinery.com

13. Quilici Vineyards

6237 Cohasset Rd.
Chico, CA 95973
Sat. 1-6pm, May-Dec. only
530-891-9463

72 Quail Hill Place,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-589-5088
Hrs: By Appointment
quilicivineyards.com

9. Long Creek Winery

323 Ward Blvd.,
Oroville, CA 95966
530-589-3415
Hrs: Sat. & Sun. Noon to 5
longcreekwinery.com

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Gary Quilici of Quilici Vineyards tending the zinfandel vines.

Your Guide to the North Valley’s Fine Wines
Bangor Ranch Vineyard & Winery,
with its stone walls and walkways, is
located in the southern Butte County
town of Bangor, surrounded by rolling
hills and oak woodlands. The ranch
was acquired by Gary Paul Fox in
2010 with a goal and commitment
to producing the highest quality
handcrafted wines and olive oils. The
vineyard is planted with Nebbiolo and
Mourvedre vines, with Dolcetto to
follow soon. Wines available for tasting
are the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast, 2005 Syrah Reserve Santa
Barbara and 2012 Bianco featuring
Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc
and Symphony grapes. Upcoming
releases will include 2012 Barbera

and Sangiovese, and a 2013 Barbera
Rosato. Also try the Extra Virgin Olive
Oil made from the ancient Mission
olive trees on the property. Open 1st
and 3rd weekends each month.
Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards
offers wines made from organic grapes
and pride themselves on attention to
detail, which small case production
allows. Our tasting room is located just
minutes from downtown Chico, yet
you will feel like you are miles away.
We are open the first weekend of the
month April – October from Noon to 5
pm. Visit www.BertagnaWine.com for
more information. Our wines are also
found in many Chico stores, including
Maisie Jane’s, Chico Natural Foods, S

& S Produce, Safeway, Costco, BevMo,
Savemart and Raley’s. Ask for a glass at
your favorite restaurant.
Dog Creek Cellars’ wines are
produced in the more labor intense
organic way. Neal and Judy Cline made
their commitment to certified organic
farming in the interest of healthy
living and offer some wonderful tasting
opportunities for you to sample their

BERTAGNA
Son Kissed Vineyards
Support Local
Farming
Visit the tasting room
the first weekend of the
month April – October from
Noon to 5 pm

3363 Hegan Lane · Chico, CA · 530.343.8014
www.BertagnaWine.com

Dog Creek Cellar’s organic wines include
Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese
from their vineyard in Durham, California.

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work. The three acres of Pinot Grigio,
Sangiovese, and Zinfandel benefit
from Neal’s viticulture and enology
education at U.C. Davis.  From those
grapes Neal also crafts a Rose’vese
and a White Zinfandel and the entire
operation is 100% solar powered. Judy
has added weddings and events to their
offerings at the winery and Trix and
Gustav, the Dog Creek dogs, are always
there upon your arrival to greet and
entertain you. The winery is open for
tastings the 1st Sunday of each month
from 12:00 noon till 5:00 p.m. Private
tastings are available by appointment.
Dog Creek Cellars is on the web
at www.dogcreekcellars.com
Gale Vineyards is a boutique winery
made of rice straw bale construction
with local sycamore wood. Tastings
are by appointment. The winery
features two areas for weddings and
receptions with a koi pond with
waterfalls. There is a patio and outdoor
bar facility, along with bathrooms,
kitchen facilities, and a bride’s room
with bath.
Grey Fox Vineyards began in
late 1996 when the Arrigoni and
Cecchi families purchased bare land

in the Sierra foothills of Oroville.
Sangiovese, Syrah, Barbera, Zinfandel,
Viognier, Muscat and Dolcetto were
planted and an underground winery
was built. Recently a beautiful
window-lined tasting room was added
to frame the fabulous views of the
vines, the valley and the Sutter Buttes.
A live oak shaded picnic area on the
vineyard is a wonderful place to relax
and enjoy the wine and views. The
tasting room is open on weekends
from noon til 5 p.m. In addition to
the above varietals, they also make a
selection of port dessert wines.
Hickman Family Vineyards is a
boutique winery nestled in the Sierra
Nevada foothills at 900 ft. elevation,
near Oroville. The Mediterranean
climate combined with the mineralrich soil, create an ideal environment
for our estate grown varietals.
Cooler climate varietals are sourced
from select hand-tended vineyards
throughout the North State. We strive
to make hand-crafted wines produced
in a conscientious and sustainable
manner, firmly believing in the
concept of terrior.
Voted Oroville’s
Best Winery!

· Voted Oroville’s Best
Winery ‘08-‘10 by Local
Business Assn. & Best of
Oroville Winery ‘10 by
US. Commerce Assn.
· Beautiful Views of
Buttes & Valley
· Serene Picnic Area
· Unique Tasting Room
& Gift Shop
· Wine Club & Special Events

Grey fox litter living near the sign. Would
someone please give us a lift to the winery?

HoneyRun Honeywines are made
from berry juice and honey, with No
Sulfites or preservatives added (no
grapes either). First crafted near
Chico’s covered bridge, the winery is
now on Park Ave. Visit them on the
weekdays for a taste of their true Mead
and delightful, social style Blackberry,
Cherry, Elderberry, Cranberry
Honeywine. Open M-F 9-4 (occasionally
Sat.) It’s a good idea to call ahead.

Our Tasting Room is Open:
May - December
Saturdays 1 pm - 6 pm

6237 Cohasset Road
Chico (530) 891-9463
We are located approximately 3 miles
past the Chico Municipal Airport
The winery is available for
special events and group meetings.

Please call for information!
Voted Oroville’s
Best Winery!

Wine Tasting & Tours
Saturday & Sunday
Noon to 5:00PM

From Hwy. 70 take Oroville Dam Blvd. East, turn right on Olive Hwy. Turn Right on
Oakvale (just past the casino) and follow the signs to 90 Grey Fox Lane.

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From our majestic winery on Doe
Mill Ridge to the luxury of downtown
Chico: NOW OPEN our new Tasting
Room at 222 W. 2nd street in
Downtown Chico. LaRocca Vineyards
welcomes you to enjoy our award
winning, fine organic wines, with no
sulfites, in our convenient new tasting
room. Open Weds – Fridays 1:308pm, Saturdays 12-8pm and Sundays
from 1:30-6pm. Like us on Facebook
to keep up on special events and
promotions.
Long Creek Winery & Ranch; One
Winery, Two Great Wines. Long Creek
offers their signature collection of
Long Creek Wines and their newest
venture, Vaquero Brand wines. Along
with the wines served to you by our

fun and enthusiastic crew you can
sample the estate grown olive oil and
stock up on All Natural Local Baja Vaca
beef as well. Your walking tour of the
ranch includes 6 acres of vines, olive
and mandarin orchards along with the
Angus and miniature Hereford cattle.
Enjoy a glass of wine under the shade
of the beautiful oak grove bordering
the pond. Long Creek is more than
your traditional tasting room, it is
an adventure. Long Creek is open
weekends from Noon to 5 pm at 233
Ward Boulevard off Olive Highway.
Call 530-589-3415 or visit them on
the web at LongCreekWinery.com for
more information.
The Abbey of New Clairvaux is the
first Trappist-Cistercian monastery in

Tasting Room
222 W. 2nd Street • Downtown Chico
Open 5 days a week:
Wednesday–Friday 1:30pm–8pm
Saturdays 12–8pm • Sundays 1:30–6:30pm

800.808.9463 • laroccavineyards.com

More than your average tasting room...

it’s an Adventure!

Open every Saturday & Sunday
Noon to 5 pm
Shaded Picnic Area • Self-Guided Walking Tours
Special Events
All
Natural
Beef • Olive Oil
Adventurers Welcome!
323 Ward Blvd., Oroville • (530)589-3415 • LongCreekWinery.com

Winemaker George Barber at work with
his wine thief in the barrel room at Purple
Line Urban Winery.

the Americas to grow, vinify and bottle
its own wine.  The winery is situated
on what was once Leland Stanford’s
Great Vina Ranch, reputedly the world’s
largest winery operation in the 1890s. 
The Abbey purchased the land for a new
monastery in 1955; dairy and orchard
farming served as their main source of
support in the early years.
The order has a strong agricultural
and winemaking foundation dating back
to the 12th century in Europe.  New
Clairvaux planted its first vines in 2000,
bottled its first wines in 2003, and now
produces around 7,000 cases annually.
Odyssey Winery produces awardwinning wines made from local and
estate-grown grapes. The winery
features regional art exhibits and live
Jazz events along with wine tasting,
tours, and other special celebrations.
Gourmet foods and wine accessories
are available. The tasting room can
be reserved for group functions and
corporate meetings.
Purple Line Urban Winery, a
small family-owned winery born out
of a long romance and passion for
good wine, opened its doors at the
“Warehouse Chic” 760 Stafford St.
location in Oroville on November
23rd 2013. George and Kate Barber
share the chores of offering a unique
wine experience: Kate managing the
Purple Line tasting room and George
practicing his wine making skills in

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the winery’s barrel room & cellar. The
Barbers have chosen to take advantage
of the many incredible grape varietals
grown in the North Sierra region and
hand craft them into wines using time
honored traditional methods. Learn
more about the Purple Line Urban
Winery at: purplelinewinery.com.
Straw House Cellars is owned and
operated by Tom and Beth Chase. The
vines were planted 11 years ago with
400 head-trimmed tempranillo vines.
Four years ago a second planting of
mourvedre vines followed, and that
planting has produced its first small
amount of fruit. The newest planting
of Grenache Noir looks to have taken
to the area well, but will require a few
growing seasons to see what it will
really bring to the table. All Spanish
varietals were chosen for the vineyard
because of the climate similarities of
Butte County and Southern Spain.
Simplicity is what Tom strives for in
his winemaking. His remarkable and
robust tempranillo can be enjoyed
in Chico at Spice Creek, Wine
Time, Grana and The Kitchen Table
restaurants.
At Quilici Vineyards Enjoy the
magnificent view of the vineyard,
valley, and the Coastal Range
Mountains, and enjoy traditionally
made award-winning red wines.
Truly a small boutique estate winery,
bottling under a 1000 cases a year.
All grapes are grown and wines are
produced, bottled and cellared at our
vineyard and winery. While you are
here, bring a picnic lunch, enjoy a
glass of estate red wine, and play a
game of bocce ball. Quilici Vineyards
is the essence of Italian hospitality.
Call 530-589-5088 to arrange a tasting
and tour. www.quilicivineyards.com.

October 11 & 12, 2014
Butte County farmers annually host
a weekend of wine tasting and farmfresh food sampling called the Sierra
Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend.
The Passport Weekend showcases
the wineries and farms currently on
the Farm Trail Map. Tickets for the
Passport Weekend are $30 per person
and include free tasting at all farms on
the map. All proceeds go to benefit the
Sierra Oro Farm Trail Association to

Long Creek barrel room displaying a
wide selection of wines available in the
tasting room.

HONEYRUN
WINE

Since 1992

* No Sulfites Added *

Mead and Fruit Honey Wine
Call ahead for Tastings
M - F 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
2309 Park Ave., Chico, CA

Widely available in Chico, Paradise & Oroville
And in stores throughout California
(530) 345-6405 • honeyrun.com for more states

Estate Grown,
Produced and Bottled
at our
Vineyard & Winery

April 26-27
2nd Annual Wine
Trail Tasting
Call Any Day

“Bring Out the Barrel.”
Taste the wines at six Butte County
wineries. For more information:
northsierrawinetrail.com

530.589.5088
for a Wine Tasting & Tour

72 Quail Hill Pl. • Oroville
www.quilicivineyards.com

EXPERIENCE
QUILICI
WINES

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further develop
agri-tourism in
Butte County.
The Farm Trail
destinations
include more than 20
specialty farms/shops and 13
wineries. A Farm Trail Map gives
directions to each participating
destination and also highlights local
tourist attractions, historic landmarks,
hotels and fine dining. In addition to
a hard copy of the map, visitors can
plan their own tour, get the current
tour dates & times, ticket information
and more at www.sierraoro.org, or
emailing: info@sierraoro.org.

Farm Trail
Products

Mandarin is a group
name for a class
of oranges with thin,
loose peel, which have been
dubbed “kid-glove” oranges.
Spanish missionaries introduced citrus
throughout California during the
1700’s. The Mediterranean climate of
Butte County and the clay loam soil
of the foothills around Oroville make
an ideal growing area for mandarin
farmers. The county presently supports 162 acres of
citrus much of that
around Oroville in
mandarin orchards.

Lou and Lola
Lodigiani farm the five acre Tri-L
Mandarin Ranch. During a good year
their 850 trees will produce 85 tons of
Owari Satsuma mandarins acclaimed
supurb by Graham Kerr culinary and
TV personality.
Mt. Ida Mandarin Ranch mandarins
are the great tasting, seedless Satsuma
mandarins. They are very sweet, easy
to peel, and excellent for eating or
juicing. The Mt. Ida Mandarin Ranch
has been a great source for holiday gift
packages.
Morse Farms started in 2002 with
the planting of 400 satsuma mandarin
trees and a variety of lemons, limes,
navel oranges, grapefruits and minneolas. They also produce mandarin
marmalade, mandarin syrup, man-

darin olive oil,
mandarin jalapeno
barbeque sauce and
meat and vegetable
seasoning and rubs.
The ranches are
open during the
mandarin season which normally runs
from late November to mid-January.
The Purple Pig Blueberry Farm
started January 2012 with 119 Southmoon and Jubilee Highbush blueberry
plants and expanded in 2013 for a total
of 189 plants. These are capable of
producing about 20 pounds of berries
per plant.
These large juicy berries are hand
picked, sorted and packaged in Oroville
in May and
June. The berries are picked
to order.

Olives have
been a part of the
Oroville area for
over 100 years starting
with Mrs. Ehmann in 1898. Climate
and soil are particularly adapted to
olive culture. Butte County olives are
known the world over. Several local
growers produce world class olive oils.
Butte View Olive Company’s roots
go back to 1935 with 85 acres of olive
trees. The orchards consist mainly of
Mission, Ascolona Manzanella olives.
Today Butte View Olive produces up
to 1,000 cases of oil annually from 150
acres of olives.
Lodestar Farms started when Jamie
Johansson purchased 40
acres containing 2,500 olive
trees. Originally he sold
all of his fruit, but today
bottles under the Lodestar
Farms label selling less fruit.
Lodestar produces regular and lemonflavored extra virgin olive oil.
Mission Harvest Olive Oil is cold
pressed from 100-year-old olive trees.
The orchard includes 20 acres of mission olive trees that produce herbaceous fruit with a slightly buttery
flavor and scent.
The Berkeley Olive Grove spans 500
acres of mission olive trees that were
planted by the University of California
in 1913. The 500-acre site was chosen

for its unique volcanic soil and climate.
Chaffin Family Orchards is a five
generation family farm located in a
warm air belt that wraps around the
town of Oroville. The farm has been
harvesting and producing olives and
olive oil for over 75 years. For over 50
years the farm has produced beef cattle,
citrus, stone fruits, and avocados.
America’s largest grower and processor of olive oil, California Olive Ranch,
was Founded in 1998 on 733 acres.
California Olive Ranch pioneered a relatively new farming method from Spain
called “Super High Density Planting.”
Employing this method, over a million
Spanish and Greek varietal olive trees
grow in hedge rows 570 to 670 trees per
acre vs. traditional plantings of 100 to
150 trees per acre.
The Purple Pig Blueberry Farm

Hand Grown
Hand Picked
Hand Sorted

Available at:
Wagon Wheel Market
Olive Hwy., Oroville

Chico Natural Foods
8th & Main, Chico

Morse Farms

8 Feathervale, Oroville

Grown & Packed in Oroville

purplepigberries@yahoo.com

530.589.4736

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Chico

CSUC & The Bidwell Legacy

Education,
47 Architecture, &
Park-like Grounds
California State University, Chico
Office of Admissions
Tours/Pre-Admission Information
West 2nd & Hazel St.
800-542-4426 • 530-898-4428
www.csuchico.edu
Bookstore: 898-5222
Box Office: 898-6333
Chico Symphony: 898-4607
Athletic Events: 898-4658
Conference Services: 898-6414
Continuing Education: 898-6105
Recreational Sports: 898-5170
Along with education, activities, and
live performances, this campus (located
adjacent to Chico’s downtown) is also
known for its beautiful grounds and its
architecture. Laxson Auditorium, along
with Kendall Hall and Trinity Hall with
its bell tower, was built of red brick in
the early 1930’s in a lovely Romanesque
style similar to that of Mediterranean
cultures. True beauties.
The new Bell Memorial Union is home

to a huge bookstore (including clothing
and gift items in addition to the books,)
the Union Express, and the Associated
Students offices, and 12 conference
and assembly rooms, plus auditorium
seating for 1,000 people.
Meriam Library, named after Ted
Meriam, who was a former university
trustee and Chico mayor, is the largest
library north of Sacramento and serves
as a resource for all of Northern
California.
Thanks to General John Bidwell,
who was an amateur horticulturist, the
grounds of the campus contain hundreds
of varieties of trees and plants that he
introduced to the area. You’ll note, as you
walk through the campus, many huge
trees; some of these date back to when
Bidwell planted them. The plantings,
along with Big Chico Creek running
through the middle of the campus,
make it a nature lover’s dream. Spring
is especially gorgeous with the azaleas in
bloom and the creek running strong.
A tour of the grounds and buildings is
well worth taking since it is informative,
entertaining, and just plain beautiful.

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Oakland Museum of California, and the
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
All photographs taken by Geoff Fricker. All rights reserved.

EXPLORE EVOLUTION

CSUC’s Gateway Science Museum —
Exploring the Natural
History of Northern California
Current Exhibits:
SACRAMENTO:
Homage to a River –

in the James W. Cornyn Valley Gallery
This breathtaking photographic exhibit captures the history of the Sacramento River and explores the challenges
with restoration and sustaining what
remains of its healthy ecosystem. The
Sacramento River is of great significance
to northern California and to the entire

state, contributing to the state’s economic health. It is a critical resource for
farmers, fishermen, ecologists, consumers, and wildlife.
Geoff Fricker holds an MFA in
Photography from the San Francisco
Art Institute. He has received numerous national awards and grants over
the years, specifically to document
watersheds. His photographs reside in
permanent collections throughout the
United States, including the Crocker Art
Museum, the Library of Congress, the

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Explore Evolution investigates evolutionary principles in organisms ranging
from the smallest to the largest. The
project focuses on seven research projects that have made a major contribution to our understanding of evolution.
This interactive exhibit gives visitors an
opportunity to experience how scientists
conduct research on evolution. This
exhibit features the work of the following scientists:
• Charles Wood on the rapid evolution of HIV.
• Sherilyn Fritz and Edward Theriot
on the emergence of a new diatom
species in the fossil record.
• Cameron Currie on farmer ants and
their coevolving partners.
• Kenneth Kaneshiro on selective
mating among Hawaiian flies.
• Rosemary and Peter Grant on Galápagos finches.
• Svante Pääbo and Henrik Kaessmann on the genetic ties between
humans and chimps.
• Philip Gingerich on fossil discoveries of walking whales.
Explore Evolution was developed by
Judy Diamond Ph.D. at the University
of Nebraska State museum with the
Science Museum of Minnesota. Carl
Zimmer wrote the exhibit text. Angie
Fox provided scientific illustrations and
design assistance. This exhibit is based
upon work supported by the National
Science Foundation under Grant No.
0229294 (Diamond, PI). Any opinions,
findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are
those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National
Science Foundation. This copy of the
Explore Evolution Exhibit is being
traveled by the Sam Noble Oklahoma
Museum of Natural History, the University of Oklahoma.
The museum is located at 625 Esplanade
(next to Bidwell Mansion). Their hours are
Wednesday-Friday Noon-5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Their phone
number is 530-898-4121.

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Elegant, historic home in Downtown Chico
Check Website for Specials Wireless Internet
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1362 Esplanade, at 4th Ave. • 530-566-0256

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Begin at the
Beginning

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

525 Esplanade • 530-895-6144
Sat.-Sun. 11-4, Mon. 12-4

Born in 1819, John Bidwell led the first
overland expedition to California when
he was 22. When he struck gold on the
Feather River near Oroville, he bought
26,000 acres beside Chico Creek, and
in 1860 founded Chico. In 1868, after
having served two years as a Washington
congressman, he and Annie Kennedy
were married with President Johnson
attending.

many varieties of trees and shrubs on
his vast land holdings and around the
community.
The Bidwells entertained prominent
Americans, including Susan B. Anthony
and John Muir, until Bidwell died in 1900
and Annie in 1918.
In 1887 Bidwell donated the land
for the state teacher’s college that later
became CSUC; and Bidwell Park, about a
mile east of the mansion, was donated to
the city by Annie in 1905.
The three-story mansion is furnished
with Victorian pieces, many having
John & Annie Bidwell mural

Bidwell Mansion

Soon the Bidwells moved to Chico
and worked in many causes including
Indian education and women’s
suffrage. Mr. Bidwell was also an
amateur horticulturist, and planted

belonged to the Bidwells.
The carriage house
stores four of Bidwell’s
carriages.
The mansion is home
to many annual events
including a Christmas
Open House each December.
Next to the mansion is a visitor
center offering displays, a gift shop, and
a 25-minute movie of this generous,
progressive couple.

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530.899.9090 800.870.7848

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One of U.S.A.’s
Largest City Parks

Bidwell Park • 530-896-7800
4th Street and Cypress Avenue
www.chico.ca.us (click Park Dept.)
Bidwell Park Map on page 88
Donated to the city by Annie Bidwell
in 1905 were the original 2,238 acres,
and in 1995 the city purchased and added
an additional 1,380 acres, making it the
third largest urban park in our nation.
As per Bidwell’s designation, no alcohol,
or hunting is allowed.
These over 3,600 acres offer
picnicking, swimming, equestrian and
bicycling trails, golf, archery, pistol
ranges, playgrounds, baseball/softball
fields, and organized recreational
activities year round. It was seen
nationally in 1937 when the original
Adventures of Robin
Hood was filmed among
the towering oaks and
sycamores. The park
CALIFORNIA has been designated as
WATCHABLE an official California
W I L D L I F E Watchable Wildlife site.
Because of its large size, the park
is divided into two sections: Upper
Bidwell Park is a wilderness section
along both sides of Big Chico Creek
Canyon. It contains more than 35 miles
of hiking trails, 25 of which are open
to equestrians and bikers. The canyon
of Big Chico Creek has many beautiful
swimming holes. The two major trails
are North Rim and South Rim.
North Rim Trail (for hiking, biking,
and horseback riding) starts at Wildwood
Avenue, close to the entrance to Upper
Park. Beautiful vistas are the reward for
this sometimes steep trail. South Rim
Trail is used less and is pretty rugged. It
begins where Centennial Avenue deadends
into Chico Canyon Road and runs above
Bidwell Golf Course and into the newly
acquired south side of the canyon.
Upper Bidwell Park also contains
Hooker Oak Recreation Area (this
part of Upper Park was originally called
Middle Park), three softball diamonds,
playgrounds, and picnic areas. You
might view some kite flyers here. To
get to Hooker Oak, take Vallombrosa

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One Mile Recreation Area

Avenue, turn left on Manzanita Avenue–
–you’ll spot it on the right. Five-Mile
Dam Recreation Area includes a large
natural swimming hole plus good picnic
spots with tables and grills. To find
it, take Vallombrosa to the end, turn
right on Manzanita, and then left on
Centennial—the recreation area is on
the left. The Horseshoe Lake area is a
great area for fishing and is the site of
the annual Fishing Derby.
Lower Bidwell Park is about a fourmile long area following Big Chico
Creek from downtown to Manzanita
Avenue with footpaths and bicycle paths
that run through shady oak groves.
The One-Mile Dam Recreation Area
includes Sycamore Pool, a softball field,
horseshoe pits, and picnic areas with
grills. Very near downtown, it can be
entered from Fourth or Fifth Streets.
Just next to the One-Mile playing field is
Caper Acres, an imaginative fairy-tale
themed playground featuring just about
everything to keep small children busy.
(My favorite is the castle, but I think the
treehouse thingy is more popular with
the youngsters.)

Cedar Grove, entrance
off East Eighth Avenue, is
lovely year-round with its
gorgeous cedar trees and is
the home of the Shakespeare
in the Park productions each
Summer. Chico Creek Nature Center
is also located in Lower Park, and we
think deserving of its own listing in “101
Things to Do.” Please see item 71 to
learn about it.
Detailed park maps are available for
the asking at the Chico Visitor Center,
corner of Main and 5th Streets.

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Built by Dr. & Mrs. Oscar Stansbury
in 1883, this home was designed in
the Italianate Victorian style and is
listed on the National Register of
Historic Places.
It is one of the
most original and
unaltered homes
in California.
Because family
members lived
here until 1974, it
contains many of
the family’s original
pieces.
Visiting here is
a step into another
era.

Step Into
Another Era

Stansbury Home
307 West 5th St. • 530-891-0585
Special Tours: 530-343-6611
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Students $2, Under 10 Free

• Free Super Start Hot Breakfast
• Free High Speed Internet
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Ballerinas, Saxes,
51 Comedy
& Drama

MARCH
7&8 Keeping
Dance Alive!

Eclectic Dance Concert

Lewis Black
Comedian

Chamber
Orchestra
Kremlin

Dynamic String Orchestra

Wynton Marsalis
Jazz at Lincoln
Center Orchestra

Elvin Bishop,
James Cotton,
& Paul Thorn
Rock, Blues &
Barroom Boogie

Diavolo

Thrilling Gymnastics
& Dance

APRIL
San Francisco
Scottish Fiddlers

Blue Room Theatre
139 West First St. (upstairs)
530-895-3749
www.blueroomtheatre.com
Chico Theatre Company
166 Eaton Rd.
530-894-2CTC • Thurs.-Sat.
www.chicotheatercompany.com
Rogue Theatre@1078 Gallery
820 Broadway
530-343-1973 • Thurs.-Sat.
www.chicorogue.com
Laxson Auditorium’s Performances
Office: Second & Chestnut Streets
530-898-6333 • Mon.-Fri.,10-4
www.chicoperformances.com
Blue Room Theatre offers theatrical
works for children, young adults, and
adult audiences. They’ve done extensive
upgrading. Increased seating capacity,
enhanced sound and visual presentation,
a three-quarter thrust style stage, and a
new color scheme have added greatly to
the ambiance.
Chico Theatre Company opened in
2003 in the 244-seat former Eaton Road
Opera House location and has staged
nearly 700 performances since opening,
and has earned the great reputation it
now holds. The theatre includes nine
shows a year ranging from classics to
new shows, both musical and nonmusical.

High Energy
Fiddle Ensemble

Arlo Guthrie
Folk Music Icon

MAY
Aladdin JR.

Playhouse Youth Theatre

For complete descriptions and tickets:
WWW.CHICOPERFORMANCES.COM
or call (530) 898-6333

Laxson Auditorium celebrated her
80th birthday in 2011. Always a grand

architectural treasure of Romanesque
style (can’t imagine the campus
without that building just as it’s sat
from the beginning), its national and
international entertainment offerings
seem to only get better every year!

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Memorabilia
to Modern

Chico Museum
141 Salem Street
530-891-4336
www.chicomuseum.org
Hours: Wed-Sun, Noon-4 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $3; $2 (50+ &
students w/ID)
Patrick Ranch
10381 The Midway • 530-342-4359
www.patrickranchmuseum.org
www.farwestheritage.org • 892-1525
Hours: By appointment
Free Admission, donations accepted
Voted Editor’s Pick in 2013 as the
Best View of Old Chico by the Chico
News and Review, the Chico Museum’s
current exhibit, “Chico in Black &
White: Historical Photos from the John
Nopel Collection,” offers outstanding
photographic accounts of historic Chico.
Housed in the former 1904 Carnegie
Library, the Chico Museum is located at
the corner of 2nd and Salem
Streets in downtown Chico.
The museum offers
a permanent timeline
depicting the history
of Chico from 18302000. Changing
exhibits that appeal
to all ages, showcase
regional cultural
and natural history.
These exhibits are
always interesting,
informative and
interactive. Call
for a calendar and
newsletter.
The 28-acre Patrick
Ranch is Chico’s
newest historical
attraction, reflecting
Diavolo
the agricultural,
cultural, social, and economic history of
the North Sacramento Valley. Annual

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Patrick Ranch Threshing Bee

events there include an old-fashioned
Threshing Bee & Antique Equipment
Show held in June, complete with draft
horses and vintage farm equipment.
AutumnFest, with free children’s
activities, farmhouse tours, an animal
exhibit is held there
in October­—plus you can pick your own
pumpkins. The ranch has become a
popular spot for school tours, as well as
for weddings.

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View Art
Glass- Making
at Its Finest

Orient & Flume Art Glass
2161 Park Ave.
530-893-0373
www.orientandflume.com
Satava Art Glass Studio
819 Wall St.
530-345-7985
www.satava.com
Internationally
known, Orient &
Flume creates
intricate, threedimensional
designs encased
in clear glass for
which the studio
is now famous.
Their works are
in the permanent
collections of the
Chrysler Museum,

Corning Glass Museum, the
Metropolitan, and the Smithsonian. The
showroom is open Mon.-Sat., 10-5 p.m.
Richard Satava opened his studio
in 1977 using ancient techniques to
create beautiful art glass by combining
technical skill and delicate artistry.
Vivid colors and unique nature themes
are his trade-mark. Passion is visible in
his creations.
Satava’s interesting studio is open
Tuesday - Saturday, 9-4. Glass blowing
demonstrations are sometimes available,
please call ahead.
The studio also carries a large variety
of works by other artists from across the
nation. This provides works for every
taste and budget.

Buy

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
8-3 p.m.

At The Patrick Ranch
10381 Midway, Chico
$3 Admission

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54

Be Crafty

All Fired Up­- Ceramic Art Center
830 Broadway
530-894-5227
www.allfiredupchico.org
Honey Run Quilters
2418 Cohasset • 530-342-5464
The Rabbit Hole Quilting & Fabrics
2607 Esplanade • 530-345-5015
String Bead • Almond Orchard
Plaza on Pillsbury Road
530-894-BEAD
www.stringbead.com

beading are choices in which many
people find that they do have a creative
bone or two in their body.
There are a multitude of ways to
be creative at All Fired Up. There are
pottery classes for all ages. If you are
interested in a class of working with
wet clay you do need to pre-register, but

There are lots of ways to be creative,
even if you think you aren’t! Knitting,
quilting, creating ceramics, and

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classes include all materials, tools,
glazes and firing. Very popular
currently are the kids’ pottery
painting, which are easy and fun,
and no appointment is needed for
those, unless you have a group of
five or more.
At Honey Run Quilters, you’ll
find many fabrics as well as books
and notions. And they even offer
classes for beginners through advanced,
so there’s no excuse not to create a quilt.
This shop was designated as one of the

top ten quilt shops in North America
and was featured in the Fall ‘09 issue of
Quilt Sampler magazine, published by
Better Homes and Gardens.
The Rabbit Hole opened in 2004, and
this mother and daughter team chose
the name for their business because
mom always called her children her
rabbits. They
specialize in
beginning
quilters, and
they are proud
of their wide
variety of
colorful fabrics.
For a unique
experience,
stop in String
Bead and view
thousands of

beads of every size, shape, and color.
You’ll see some collector’s items. Note
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glass beads.
You’ll find glass, wood, bone,
metalized, horn, precious and semiprecious stones, and seed beads from
which to choose.
They have a fully operational jewelry
fabrication and glass bead-making shop.
Classes are offered, and the best thing is
that you can spend as little as 50 cents or
as much as $50 while creating earrings,
necklaces, anklets, bracelets, and
barrettes. So, why not bead it up!

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Soc’ It To ‘Em!
With Sports

Chico State Athletic Events
Call 530-898-4658
Exciting
men’s and
women’s
sporting
events
are held
by Chico
State from
late August
through late
May. This is one of the top institutions
in the country competing at the Division
II level with nationally ranked teams in
soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball,
softball, cross country, track, and golf.
Taking in one of their over 100 home
events is affordable and fun for the
entire family!

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The display includes photos,
competition awards, and Yo-Yo’s from
the 1920’s through today, as well as the
world’s largest Yo-Yo at 50 inches in
height and weighing 256 pounds.
Every year, America’s
best players wind up in
Chico as the museum
hosts the National YoYo Contest on the first
Saturday of October.
Players earn their way to
101 Things to Do
the finals by qualifying in
4.65” x 6.0”
nationwide contests held
2013 Yo-Yo Contest contestents
throughout the country.
The National Yo-Yo
This exhibit is a
Contest will be held from
fascinating look at the childhood we all
9-5 in City Plaza on October 4.
have in common.

Life should
be fun.

America’s
Favorite Toy

National Yo-Yo Museum
Inside Bird in Hand
320 Broadway • 530-893-0545
www.nationalyoyo.org
Open 7 Days a Week
Free Admission
Awarded the most popular toy of the
20th Century, the Yo-Yo continues to
be very popular with all ages. Visit the
largest display of Yo-Yo memorabilia
in the nation. Ninety years of Yo-Yo
artifacts are on display here, and you’ll
most likely feel like you’re a kid again
just experiencing this collection.

A Chico Original since 1981
Convenient Micro Department Store

320 Broadway - Downtown

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57

Dream
Weavers Here

AVL Looms & Weaving School
2360 Park Ave. Ste. 9, 530-893-4915
800-626-9615 • Tours by appt.
www.avlusa.com
Established in 1976, this company
has revolutionized the world of
handweaving. Their looms are found in
over 80 countries and are recognized for
their high quality and innovative design.
Guided tours of their facility are by
appointment, and many classes are
also held here. In addition, they have
a Traveling Teacher program, and do
workshops at weaving retreats.

EVENTS
ART CLASSES
GALLERY SHOWS
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
450 Orange St 530-895-8726
www.chicoartcenter.com
Supported in part by the City of Chico

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View Art for
the People

Chico Art Center
450 Orange St.
530-895-8726
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
www.chicoartcenter.com
email: chicoartcenter@att.net.

to offer.
Coming up at the Center is a full
schedule of classes for spring and
summer. In the gallery is the first of
the Discovery Series featuring three
incredible artists: Phil Dynan, Marianne
Werner, and Jim Woronow—the show
runs March 21-April 18. From April
25-May 9, they will feature the artwork
of local junior and senior high schools

The Drawing Lesson, Chico Art Center
The Chico Art Center is the largest
arts organization in Butte County and
has been around for over 55 years.
Boasting a gallery, classroom facilities,
a large membership base, and its own
vintage rail car, the art center has much

The Chico Chamber of Commerce
and Visitor Center has moved!
Come visit us in our beautiful new
location, across the street from the

in their 10th annual Creative Fusion
show. This will be followed by the
popular Juried Contemporary Woman
exhibition, May 16-June 13, where
artists from across the nation vie for
recognition and monetary rewards. The
beloved and renown Sal Casa will have a
retrospective showing of his works from
June 20-July 11. The second Discovery
Series will feature Penny Terstegge,
Jann Jones, Dennis Wicks, and Nicolai
Larson, and runs July 18-August 8.

Downtown City Plaza in the
Old Municipal Building

441 Main Street, Chico
For all of your visitor, business and relocation needs!
Hours of Operation: 10-4, Monday-Friday

530.891.5556 | 800.852.8570
www.chicochamber.com

Visit the website listed at the top for
updates on what’s happening in the
Chico art scene.

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level of service you have come to expect in your
travels. We at the River Valley Lodge pledge to
perform our Personal Best to make your stay an
enjoyable one. Amenities include: Free Wi-Fi,
Direct Casino Floor Access, 37” Flat Screen TV,
Coffee Maker, plus all rooms are Non-Smoking.

Wintun Dinnerhouse offers an elegant, upscale
atmosphere and provides a family friendly
environment. Our renowned culinary staff prepares
tantalizing appetizers, prime rib, succulent seafood
dishes and tempting desserts. Top off your dining
experience with a selection from our impressive
wine list and specialty liquor collection.

World-class gaming isn’t your only entertainment
choice, you can enjoy the Resort’s exclusive hunting
club and fishing guide service too. In-Season trips
for Big Game, Waterfowl, and Game Birds as well
as River Fishing Adventures for Salmon, Striped
Bass, and Shad are available by appointment.

We feature all of today’s classic Table Games:
Single-Deck Blackjack; Blackjack Golden 21;
Six-Deck King’s Bounty Blackjack; Fortune Pai
Gow Poker and 3 Card Poker. Our Poker Room is
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Murals, Murals, on the Walls

Chico Murals
Partial List
AicoraGems “Jewerly Box” Gallery
1334 Mangrove Ave (by Scott Teeple)
Robin Hood (by Scott Teeple)
Campus Bikes, 4th/Main Streets
The Beatles (by Gregg Payne)
Main St. between 1st & 2nd Sts.
The Bidwells (by Teeple)
Near Second & Broadway
Giacomo’s Vineyard (by Teeple) - inside
Sicilian Cafe, 1020 Main Street
New York Cityscape-inside/outside
. Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works,
2nd St. between Main & Broadway
Downtown Kaleidoscope (by
Ramirez) in park, 1st & Broadway
Racing Bicyclists (by Teeple)
Ninth & Main Streets
Under the Sea (by Lauri Chiodini)-inside
In Motion Fitness
1293 E. First Avenue
Pony Express (by Crane)
Broadway near 5th Street
Municipal Center Art Walls-inside
411 Main Street
Salem Street Art Walls (by
Dayton Claudio) 3rd & Salem
Fake Windows (by Teeple)
Collier’s, 105 Broadway
Victorian Homes
Mid Valley parking lot, 6th/Main
Nature Scenes (by Gregg Payne)
On bridge supports throughout
Bidwell Park

You don’t have to be an art lover to
enjoy the many murals on the CSUC
campus and in Chico’s downtown area.
All you need is a sense of fun.
For a bit of Chico history, don’t miss
Scott Teeple’s rendering of John and
Annie Bidwell on Second Street on the
wall facing the art deco building.
Commemorating the 1937 filming
of “The Adventures of Robin Hood” in
Bidwell Park is the mural on Campus
Bikes at Main/Fourth. There you’ll find
Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest
One of the newer murals in Chico is
Languages, which is on Mid Valley Title’s
parking lot wall at Sixth and Main. It
features six Victorian
homes.
If you have
children, be sure and
checkout the murals
inside the kids section
at In Motion Fitness.
They give an awesome
vision of life Under
the Sea.
We’re especially
Sicilian Cafe Mural
fond of the double-

Wine Spectator

AWARD
OF
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header New York cityscapes inside
and outside at Brooklyn Bridge Bagel
Works, and one that tugs at our
heartstrings is Giacomo’s Vineyard
inside the Sicilian Cafe because
Giacomo’s (James’) grandparents
immigrated to America from Sicily in
the 1950’s, and many of the recipes still
used in the restaurant are theirs. The
mural serves as a warm tribute to their
heritage.
There’s more, and they’re all fun
to view. Pick up a map at the Visitor
Center at Fifth and Main.
Then go on your own mural treasure
hunt and choose your favorite!

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Look Up & Down &
60 All Around in This
140-yr. old Chico Icon

they can get a little extra time on skates.
There are others that need to “supervise”
offspring’s batting skills at the batting
cages here or their putting on the
18-hole miniature golf course, which

Collier Hardware
105 Broadway
530-342-0195

Collier Hardware 1930

The building was
completed in 1871, with
the upper story housing
the Masonic and Odd
Fellows Lodges, and the
ground floor housing
a hardware store,
along with agricultural
implements, wagons,
buggies, and, of course,
buggy whips. While the
current store no longer
carries buggies, it does
have an inventory of about 70,000 items.
The current owner, Syl Lucena, has
worked there since 1956, became a
partner in 1963, and purchased it in
1972. His three sons also work there,
along with others; and, it has the
feeling of a “real for sure” family-owned,
general store, complete with wooden
floors and narrow aisles.
In addition to the nuts, bolts, screws,
wire, plumbing equipment, saws,
shovels, hammers and ladders one would
expect to find in a hardware store, they
also carry kitchen appliances, pots and
pans, coffee makers, kettles, teapots,
cookingware, grills, garden products,
signs (dozens of signs), clocks—well,
you get the idea.
But don’t go there expecting to buy
a buggy whip. They stopped carrying
those in the late 80’s!

& Balls Go
61 Wheels
‘Round & ‘Round
FunLand • 530-343-1601
Hwy 99 & East Park
www.funlandchico.com
Whether it’s done for the exercise or
just for the fun, there’s no denying that
roller skating is a popular sport engaged
in year round in Chico.
We know of some parents who plan
their kids’ birthday parties here just so

features a natural setting with rivers and
is a challenge for both adults and kids.
Also, it’s a great activity for a date.
So, who needs an excuse—just
go and enjoy!

Chico’s
#1
FUN SPOT

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Internationally
Known Doll Shop

Katherine’s Cottage
Denise Van Patten Dolls
By Appointment
530-898-9400 • 530-864-0242
www.katherinescottage.com, www.
rubylane.com/shop/katherinescottage
Denise Van Patten, the author of The
Official Price Guide to Dolls (Random
House) and the writer and editor of
Doll Collecting at About.com, has been
a dealer of fine antique and vintage
dolls since 1994. With customers in
over 100 countries and in every state,
she offers one
of the best
selections
of dolls in
the country
with literally
thousands
of dolls to
view. Denise
also buys
antique and
vintage dolls.
Make an
appointment
today to come by to see her doll shop
beautifully located in the foothills right
outside Chico, or to see her museumquality doll display of dolls from all
eras, antique to modern (groups are
welcome).

Putt • Skate • Bat

Come Out & Play — Fun for the Whole Family!
• Miniature Golf
• Roller Skating • Batting Cages
• New Glow Birthday Parties
• NEW rink carpet & skating floor!
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Chico Historic
Facts

• Chico is the oldest city name in Northern California. Originally, the Bidwells’
land was commonly referred to as “Small
Creek Ranch.” The formal Spanish translation read “Rancho Del Arroyo Chico” or
“Ranch of the little masculine canyon.” For
convenience, residents nicknamed the town
“Chico.”
• Tres Hombres (corner of First Street
and Broadway) was formerly John Bidwell’s
General Store, established in 1860.
• The Bidwells took great pride in beautifying the city. It is said that John Bidwell
rode through Chico in his carriage occasionally stopping to plant trees for future
generations to enjoy. He also shipped in
tree seeds from Europe and South America
to add to the diverse agriculture of the land
and provide a tree canopy against the summer heat.
• Ringel Park, on the site of what had at
one time been the nursery of John Bidwell,
is located between Main & Broadway on
First Street and is now a ‘relief center’ for
passengers on the Chico and Butte County
bus systems. The park was dedicated in
1981 to Eugene A. Ringel, a citizen of Chico
who was active in community and civic
activities. On the south side of First is the
Masonic Temple built in 1871.
• Children’s Park, (Broadway & First)
given to the city of Chico in 1911, was
dedicated to the children of the community
by Annie Bidwell. Near the First Street
entrance is a marker honoring the citizens
of Chico who died in World War I.
• Bidwell Memorial Church, originally
built in 1871 on the corner of Fourth Street
and Broadway, was rebuilt at the First and
Broadway location in 1909.
• The Madison Bear Garden (Second &
Salem), formerly the Lusk Home and now a
popular hangout with students, has enjoyed
an interesting history. The home was
built in 1883 by a prominent Chico lawyer.
After his death in 1909, it was passed into
the hands of the Native Daughters of the
Golden West. They sold it to Grand American Faire in 1977. Madison Bear Garden
contains hundreds and perhaps thousands
of antiques.
• Chico Railroad Depot & Art Center,
(450 Orange St.), was first built in 1892,
after the 1869 depot was pulled down. It
now serves as a small unattended station
for Amtrak. The walls hold pictures of the
two previous stations. The Art Center is
adjacent to the waiting rooms and features
exhibitions and classes.

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From Hops
to Brew

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
1075 E. 20th St. • 530-893-3520
www.sierranevada.com
Tours: M-Th, 12, 1, 2 & 4; Fri-Sat. 12,
1, 2, 3, 4 & 5; Sun. 12, 1, 2, 3 & 4.
Tour Desk: 899-4776
Gift Shop Open 10-6 Daily, except
Holidays
If you’ve never toured a brewery,
you’re missing an interesting and
informative experience. And this
brewery produces award-winning beer,
some of which is known across the
nation. We have a beer connoisseur son
in Pennsylvania who insists on a
stop at Sierra Nevada each visit.
From beginning to end, the sights,
sounds, and fragrances of the beer-

shop wherein you can find a multitude
of items bearing the Sierra Nevada
label. Caps, t-shirts, sweatshirts,
mugs, glassware, towels, and various
other items are available for the Sierra
Nevada fans who visit from afar.

64 Happening Places
AMF Orchard Lanes
2397 Esplanade · 530-895-3257
Bocce Ball Court at Red Tavern
1250 Esplanade · 530-894-3463
www.redtavern.com
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds &
Speedway
2337 Fair Street · 530-350-7275
Track: 530-891-6535
www.silverdollarfair.org
www.silverdollarspeedway.com

Red Tavern Bocce Ball court

making process are quite fascinating
and educational. Of course, we’re
particularly fond of the end of the
process, but it’s all worthwhile.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was
founded in 1980 and is one of America’s
first micro-breweries. It is regarded as
the standard of quality for American
craft brewers and has won numerous
awards for its beers. In addition to its
award-winning ales and lagers, the
brewery boasts an outstanding taproom
and restaurant, as well as a large gift

Bowling is one sport that can be done
regardless of the weather outside, and
AMF Orchard Lanes offers 38 lanes for
your bowling pleasure. The facility also
features an arcade, snack bar, and profamily shop. So, let ‘em roll and best
wishes for a “turkey!”
Relax with a cocktail on the patio
and play a round of Bocce Ball on Red
Tavern’s new court. The ancient Italian
game of Bocce is fun and easy to learn
whether you’re 3 or 103!
From the very popular, six-day Silver

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Dollar Fair held each May, to antique
shows, home and garden shows, industrial
barbecues, business expos, and more,
there’s almost always something going on
at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds.
The Speedway features a wide variety
of racing action from March through
September, highlighted by the Mini Gold
Cup each March and the Gold Cup Race
of Champions in September.
The National Bullriding Championship Finals, held in September, draw
5,000 fans each day, and kids enjoy
competing in the Mutton Bustin’ &
Steer Riding events.
Any month of the year, it’s worth a
phone call to see what’s happening at
this very happening place.

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Play, Putt or
Throw It

Bidwell Park Golf Course
off Wildwood Ave. near East Ave.
530-891-8417 • Holes: 18, Par: 71
Sunset Hills Golf Course
Esplanade and Garner Lane
530-342-4600 • Holes: 9, Par: 27
Skyway Golf Park
1 Longest Drive, 530-899-8108
Driving Range, 6 target greens
Tuscan Ridge Golf Club
On the Skyway 7 miles from Chico
530-624-7006 • Holes: 18, Par: 71
www.TuscanRidgeClub.com
Bidwell Park Golf Course is known
for having one of Northern California’s
finest pro shops. It also has hitting cages
and a lessons-only driving range. This
popular course is less crowded in the
summer when college students are gone.
Sunset Hills is made up of par 3’s,
and is an ideal course for beginners or
senior citizens. If the spirit moves you
to golf, you can go here on a whim since
reservations are not required.
Skyway Golf Park is lighted, which
helps if you’re practicing driving at
night. There is also a practice putting
green, a pro shop, and six practice holes.
Tuscan Ridge Golf Club opened in
June 2001. You’ll have spectacular views
of the Sutter Buttes when golfing here.
Their Bistro offers wine and beer. A
grass practice range and lessons are also
available.

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Still Playing

Your Downtown
Shoe Store
Since 1976

The Senator
517 Main Street
The Senator, built in 1928, is home to
murals of Syrian Running Deer and a mural of Chico’s Hooker Oak Tree. It’s worth
catching an event at this performing arts
center (former movie theater) just to see a
bit of Chico’s former “Living History.”
A wide variety of events are featured
in this Chico landmark, including rock,
alternative rock, and heavy metal performances, among others.
Be sure to check out the newly restored gorgeous tower on the block.

Over 30 Brands of
Shoes, Socks & Accessories

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Downtown
Chico
345-4880

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Airplanes to
Anthropology

Chico Air Museum
Chico Municipal Airport
530-345-6468
www.chicoairmuseum.org
Hours: Saturdays, 10-4
Free Admission
Valene L. Smith Museum of
Anthropology
Meriam Library Complex, Rm. 180
on CSUC campus
530-898-5397
www.csuchico.edu/anthmuseum/
index.shtml
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11-3
Free Admission, Guided Tours
The museum and the History Dept.
at Chico State welcome award-winning
author Dava Sobel to campus for a lecture on “High Stakes on the High Seas:
The Race to Find Longitude in the 1700s
on Thursday, April 17 at 4 p.m. in the
Performing Arts Bldg. Room 134. Free
and open to the public.
Opened in 2005, the Chico Air Museum, has both an outdoor display area

At Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

and an indoor facility. The indoor area
features four aviation exhibits with additional displays and artifacts being added.
Initial exhibits include Thaddeus Kerns,
Chico’s first pilot; the Chico Army Airfield located at the airport during WWII;
aerial fire fighting and its evolution; and
a display featuring aircraft today.
The museum’s outdoor area displays
five historic aircraft including a Lock-

heed “Lodestar,” a Yakovlev-52, a Lockheed P2V-7, an SP-2H air tanker and an
Antonov AN-2.
In addition to being open on Saturdays, the museum hosts school classes.
Chico Air Show 2012 was held at the
Chico Municipal Airport. Chico was the
only city in northern California to host a
Jet team, and Chico’s next air show will
be in 2014. This is the place to be to see
jets galore and more!! Highlighting the
last Air Show was a thrilling aerial performance by the nine jets of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Jet Team. Other
performers included up and coming
female pilot Melissa Pemberton, Kent
Pietsch with the world’s smallest “carrier
landing,” a jet powered car, Warbirds,
a parachute team, military demonstrations, static displays and several flybys.
Food vendors, souvenirs, a Kidzone full
of fun for the kids, and the ever comfortable Flightline club with food by the
Sons of Italy, all rounded out that weekend of great fun and entertainment. The
show began with a Friday night twilight
performance where general viewing and
an evening of catered food and music
was enjoyed at the Flightline. For more
information visit: www.chicoairshow.org
or call 530-230-1652.
The Valene L. Smith Museum of
Anthropology offers exhibitions, lectures,
children’s programs and K-12 outreach.In
the spring of each year, Museum Studies
students design and install an exhibition
with a wide variety of anthropological

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Antique & Thrift Shopping
Denise Van Patten Dolls

530-898-9400 • 530-864-0242
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Antiques, Furniture, Jewelry, Paper Ephemera, Guy Stuff,
Books, Garden, Local artwork, Art Glass, Vintage Xmas
decorations during the holidays & Estate Buying & Selling.

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5. Chico Antique Center

1900 Park Ave. • 530-893-5536
Open Tues.-Sun., 9,000 sq. ft.
American Oak & Victorian furniture. Toys,
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you needed. Antiques, Collectibles,
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2020 Park Ave., Chico, 343-3666
2745 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville 532-1272
Open 7 Days a Week
Mon-Sat 10-6pm, Sun 11-5pm
www.thearcstore.org
A wide variety of merchandise at the best
prices. Antiques, Collectibles, Furniture,
Kitchen Ware, Books, Clothes and a whole
lot more!

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themes. Past exhibits include: The Artic,
Global Tourism, The Maidu, Human and
Animal Relationships, and many more.
The museum offers the World Exploration Lecture Series on the first Sunday of
the month. The museum hosts numerous
events celebrating community, culture,
and education. Check the website for the
most up-to-date information about this
exciting Chico landmark.
Now-June 7, 2014
Into the Blue: Maritime Archaeology
and the Archaeology of Shipwrecks
— Discover the history and mysteries of navigating the world’s vast
oceans, including the fascinating world
of shipwreck archeology. View artifacts recovered from the Frolic, a Gold
Rush ship that wrecked off the coast

of Mendocino in 1850. See a range of
rare historical navigation instruments
including an astrolabe, a Polynesian
navigation chart, and sextants. Find out
why the Sacramento River is called an
inland graveyard. Seafaring explorers
of all ages will enjoy this dynamic and
interactive exhibit.

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For Kids’ Sake

Kiwanis Chico Community
Observatory & Planetarium
Upper Bidwell Park near
Horseshoe Lake parking lot
530-879-0207, 530-513-0135
www.chicoobservatory.com

In Motion Fitness
Keeps Growing!

Farm Sanctuary
Hwy. 32, 19080 Newville Rd.,
Orland • 530-865-4617
Open to visitors April 1-Nov. 30
E-mail: farmsanc@farmsanctuary.org
Kids In Motion
(In Motion Fitness)
1293 E. First Ave.,
530-343-5678
www.inmotionfitness.net
KidsPark
Ross Shopping Center, 2483 Notre
Dame Blvd., 530-894-6800
www.kidspark.com
Sherwood Forest Kids Disc
Hooker Oak Rec Area
530-895-4711
Two by Two Ranch & Petting Zoo
by appt. only, 530-893-1088
www.twobytworanch.com
If they’ve learned about the natural
world at Chico Creek Nature Center,
explored the wonders of Bidwell Park,
played their way around Chico, and
they’re still full of energy, then, maybe
it’s time to try one of these.
From sunset and for the next three
hours, Kiwanis Chico Community
Observatory & Planetarium is open to
the public. Located in Bidwell Park, near
Horseshoe Lake parking lot, check out
the planets yourself.

What’s Coming Next:
Expanded Kids In Motion Outdoor Covered Area with HUGE 2-Story Play Structure
Outdoor Running Track and Parcourse • Outdoor Cardio and Weight Machines
In Motion Fitness water park
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Known as “Childcare with an Ocean
View,” Kids in Motion’s 6,000 sq. ft.
wing serves children
from infants through
teens with over a
dozen programs
and is an absolute
visual delight. Kids
will view a 150 ft.
“Under the Sea”
mural; mermaid, sea
turtles and octopus
mosaics; and salt
water aquariums
(some of the largest
in the Chico area). One aquarium
features a living reef with corals and
other creatures. Another houses larger,
more aggressive sea life. The In Motion

facility also has a Kids Splash Park and
5 pools and offers year-round swim

A short hop away from Chico, in
Orland, the Farm Sanctuary is a
300-acre farm that shelters, rescues,
rehabilitates, and provides life-long
care for hundreds of animals (cows,
pigs, sheep, goats, and turkeys) every
year. Open to the public for tours on
Saturdays. Tours begin every hour on
the hour, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kids Park is a childcare indoor play
and party center. They offer a preschool
program, arts and crafts, and games
galore. They also host birthday parties.
They are open seven days a week.
Two by Two Ranch & Petting Zoo
is a unique educational opportunity for
kids to experience a variety of animals.
This zoo has mobile capabilities and
attends many area events.

lessons. It’s no wonder that kids call it
the “In Motion Ocean” and that it has
become a very popular spot for birthday
and pool parties.

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Indulge in
Sweet Delights

Shubert’s
178 E. 7th St. • 530-342-7163
www.shuberts.com
Powell’s Sweet Shoppe
121 W. 3rd St. • 530-332-9866
www.PowellsSweetShoppe.com
Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe
130 Main St. • 530-895-3866
www.uppercrustchico.com

121 W. 3rd Street, Downtown Chico

Open 7 Days a Week!

530.332.9866
www.PowellsSweetShoppe.com

Sweet treats for all. Over 5,000 items:
gelato, handmade chocolates, nostalgic
toys, candy and sodas!

Enjoy one of
Chico’s Sweetest
Historical Pleasures

Savor our old-fashioned, rich,
creamy, ice cream, and…
experience our homemade
quality chocolates.
Made right on the premises.

178 EAST 7TH STREET
CHICO • 342-7163
www.shuberts.com
OPEN ’TIL
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Celebrating 75 Years of “Making our Own.”

At Shubert’s,
Chico’s oldest
ice cream and
candy store,
they’ve been
making these
creations since
1938. We like
them all,
but two
special
ice cream
flavors are
Chico Mint
and Mount
Shasta. You can
also enjoy milkshakes, root beer floats,
freezes and sodas.
In the candy department, you’ll find
everything from chocolate creams to
English Toffee, and you can buy it by the
piece or by the pound.
Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, has the
largest selection of sweet treats in town.
Besides a stock of over 5,000 types of
candies, they also serve all-natural
gelato, old-fashioned sodas, retro toys,
root beer floats, and a huge selection of
nostalgic candies. Treats you have not
seen since your childhood—Clark bars,
Candy Buttons, Nik N’Lips, Walnettos
and more. A stop here is a walk down
Memory Lane and a sweet experience.
At the Upper Crust you can expect
an abundance of art on the walls and
premium baked goods or gourmet deli
items from which to choose. Voted #1
Bakery in a local newspaper poll each
year for a long time, you’ll understand
why once you’ve indulged in one of their
bakery delicacies. And we can’t get
through January and February without
their delicious soups.

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Chico Downtown Plaza

Diamond Alley

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Stroll or Sit
in Pleasant
Surroundings

Diamond Alley
From 3rd-4th Sts. between Broadway and Salem
Downtown City Plaza
4th & 5th Sts.
at Main & Broadway
Chico Rotary Plaza
On Wall Street between 6th & 7th
Opened in 2005 along with the
restoration and
opening of the
Diamond Hotel,
Diamond Alley is
entered through
gorgeous mosaicpillared arches at
either 3rd or 4th
Streets, and a walk
here features many
of the Chico Open
Board creations.
One of our
favorite places to

be for lunch, Downtown
City Plaza was
designated as a park site
in 1872. The area here
now serves as stage for
many events—including
free music concerts on
Friday evenings May
through September.
To get a schedule
of the concerts, check the downtown
merchants’ windows, or ask at the
Visitor & Information Center (Main &
5th St.).
Rotary Plaza

A 2004-2005
centennial project of
the Chico Rotary club,
Chico Rotary Plaza is
in front of the Boys &
Girls Club. It features a
neat sculpture, and be
sure to check out the
arty cubes!

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Birds & Bees,
and the
Flowers & Trees

Chico Creek Nature Center
1968 East 8th St. • 530-891-4671
Hours: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
www.bidwellpark.org/
Free nature walks with knowledgeable
naturalists, classes, and environmental
ed programs are all available here.
Weekly day-camps are held JuneAugust and over the holiday break in
December for ages 5-11 years. Summer
sessions include themes like Aquatic
Adventure, Earth Island, Native’s
Ways, and Jammin’ Salmon, while the

winter session helps kids learn about
hibernation, migration, and critters’
food storage, along with what happens
to plants during winter.
If you want to go on the popular “Owl
Prowl Night Walk,” you’ll need to preregister since space is limited.
The nature museum includes a living
display of wildlife and features other
displays of nature. Pick up the “World
of Trees” brochure and walk the trail to
experience Portuguese Cypress, English
& Cork Oak, among others. Entrance is
off of East Eighth St. just beyond Cedar
Grove. (Turn off of Highway 32 onto
Fir Street, go straight through the stop
sign, and Fir St. becomes Eighth St.).
Park maps are available here.

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181 E. 2nd St. • Downtown Chico
530-891-1650
Winner of the prestigious Golden Rose
Award for 2001, owner David Halimi took
his time to “get it right” in designing and
restoring this building, which is a work of
art—done by local artisans.
Inspired by the original copper molding
of the storefront, discovered under many
layers of paint, copper (purchased in raw
form, then polished, hand-tooled, and
lacquered to maintain shine and color)
is used throughout to compliment the
custom-cut/designed oak wood also used
throughout the interior.
But that’s just the beginning; you’ll
walk on a copper slate floor, mined
in the mountains of India and laid
in a diamond pattern. You’ll admire
the Galaxy granite store front and
the fireplace hearth that has copper
naturally inlaid in it, and you’ll note the
diamond-shaped railings and customdyed diamond pattern carpet.
And if you find yourself downtown
with children, they are sure to enjoy
Justin’s playhouse with its carnival
mirrors in the first room, a playroom,
and the very special exit tunnel with
black lights.
No longer a diamond in the rough,
this building is now a shining jewel of
downtown Chico!

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are a great way to get to know your
own neighborhood or someone else’s
and a refreshing activity for the whole
family—and it’s free! The map for the
particular neighborhood-of-the-month,
together with a listing of participants
We could write a book about the
is published in the Enterprise-Record
artistic talent and galleries in this town, and is also available on the “ARTabout
honored repeatedly as one of “100 Best
Chico” Facebook page, as well as on the
Small Art Towns in America.”
group’s website. For more information,
please call 530Chico Visual Arts
318-2105 or go to
Alliance (ChiVAA)
www.chivaa.org
is a 501c3 umbrella
organization linking
ChiVAA also
art groups and
holds its annual
individual artists
Art at the Matador
and enabling them
(1934 The
to have a united
Esplanade) each
voice, presence, and
May featuring
visibility in Chico.
free admission &
One of their most
parking (corner
successful programs
of 10th Ave. and
is the monthly
The Esplanade),
Second Friday
showcasing 75
ARTabouts where
local artists,
artists open up their
dancers, fashion
studios and galleries
show, music, and
welcome the public.
a children’s art
These festivities
area, among other
Sally Dimas, Sally Dimas Art Gallery
take place from 5 to
activities and
8 p.m. on a rotating basis in three Chico
entertainment.
neighborhoods: Uptown, Downtown, and
The Museum of Northern California
SOPA (South of the Post Office). These
Art (monca) is in the process of

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renovating the 1927 Chico Veterans
Memorial Hall, 900 Esplanade, to create
a home for its collection. Thanks to
collector Reed Applegate, who donated
his entire collection, the museum
already has nearly 400 works by regional
artists. To learn more about monca or
to donate to the renovation funds, go to
www.monca.org
AicoraGems “Jewelry Box” Gallery
is Chico’s newest public mural, a giant
wooden jewelry box by Scott Teeple.
A visit inside mimics an Alice in
Wonderland type experience . . . passing
through the door of the jewelry box to
the inside where the creative brilliance
will surprise you. AicoraGems features
national award winning designer

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265 Cohasset Rd.
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Sally Dimas Art Gallery & Studio
493 East Ave., 530-345-3063
Secret Garden Gallery (Kinkade)
Chico Mall, 530-343-1813
1078 Gallery
820 Broadway, 530-343-1973
www.1078gallery.org
The Vagabond Rose
236 Main St., 530-343-1110
Third Floor Gallery - CSUC
Bell Memorial Union, 530-898-6002
Turner Print Collection - CSUC
Meriam Library, 898-4476
www.janetturner.org
University Art Gallery-CSUC
Alva Taylor Hall, 530-898-5864

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1334 Mangrove, 530-809-1034
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830 Broadway, 530-894-5227
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Art etc. etc. etc.
122 West 3rd St., 530- 895-1161
Art House, The
325 Nord Ave., 530- 894-1843
Avenue 9 Gallery
180 East 9th Ave., 530-879-1821
Chico Art Center Gallery
450 Orange St., 530-895-8726
Chico Art School & Gallery
336 Broadway, Ste. 20, 530-570-3895
www.janetlombardiblixt.com
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Chico Paper Co.
Fine Art Gallery & Framing
345 Broadway, 530-891-0900
www.chicopapercompany.com

Closed Sunday
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watercolor). The shop is popular with
local artists because all of the framing
work is done in the store. Particularly
interesting here are the estate print
collections.
At the Sally Dimas Art Gallery &
Studio, the owner, an artist herself, also
carries works by other local and regional
painters, potters, and jewelers. Every
wall is adorned with works by different
artists.
Chico Paper Co., a Chico cornerstone
for half a century, is owned by a unique
husband-wife
team. She
has a masters
degree in fine
arts, and he
has been a
framer for over
35 years. All
design staff
members have
either a Master
of Fine Arts or
a Bachelor of
Arts degree.
Housed
within the
2,500 square
foot gallery
are works of
sculpture,
jewelry,
pottery,
paintings,
limited edition
“Feather River” by Jake Early,
prints, handChico Paper Co.
blown glass,
posters and bonsai. The gallery focuses
largely on representing more than 25
local artists but also shows regional,
national and international art. Also
known for its extradordinary selection
of frames and skill at framing threedimensional art and mirrors, as well as
traditional media on paper or canvas.
The shop is a long-standing member
of the P.P.F.A. (Professional Picture
Framing Association.
The Janet Turner Print Collection of
over 3,000 fine art prints spanning 40
countries, six centuries, and a thousand
different artists (including Rembrandt,
Renoir, Goya, Miro, Dali, Tamayo and
Hockney) hopes to move to a permanent

work here. Many
have received
national and
international
acclaim, including
Janet Turner,
Salvatore Casa,
and Kenneth
Parker. Fine art is
displayed amidst
quality crafts and
collectibles.
Art etc. etc. etc.

drawing by Mariam Pakba, Chico Paper Co.
Geralyn Sheridan’s eco-friendly
collections as well as handcrafted fine
jewelry by several other talented local
metalsmiths, Paul Crosbie’s art glass
and periodic visiting artists. Definitely a
must see.
A gallery and gift store to be savored
is the Vagabond Rose. Some of the
area’s finest painters, photographers,
woodworkers, and potters exhibit their

has been in town,
centrally located
between Main and
Broadway on 3rd,
for over 40 years
and has had artistowners for the past
few. Especially unique
about the shop is
that the entire staff
are artists (paper, oil,

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The school nurtures the creative spirit
in all of us, no matter what skill level.
Home school, after school, private and
evening classes are offered. Weekly
classes run year long and the popular
summer camps are held annually.
Visit the gallery to view Janet’s latest
icon of Chico landmarks and rotating
guest artist’s work. Janet was voted
1st place Best Local Artist for 2008
and 2009 in the Chico News & Review
competition. Gallery hours are during
class times and by appointment.
Chico is home to more and more
Public Sculpture, and one of the
most interesting pieces is the outdoor
teleidoscope found at Park Avenue and
13th. It’s fun to use it, and many
Cynthia Sexton, “Posies in the Sun,” watercolor - Avenue 9 Gallery
location on or near the CSUC campus
sometime in the future. Call 530-8991205 or 530-343-1110 for information
on this outstanding collection.
Founded in 2004, Avenue 9 Gallery,
is a professional artists’ guild. Members,
who make major decisions collectively,
always have representative work on
display, and once yearly are the “featured
artist” in the gallery. Avenue 9 also
offers group shows such as “Chico
Icons” that are open to other artists,
collaborates with advanced students and
faculty from California State University,
Chico, and Butte College, and hosts the
Pacific Flyway Snow Goose Festival art
exhibition. Avenue 9 continues
to organize plein air “Paint Outs”
calling attention to the natural and built
treasures of our local environment, and
as a participant in Artoberfest in the fall
offers workshops, free demonstrations,
and artist talks and lectures. The
gallery has been honored with a Mayor’s
Award for excellence in the arts, as well
as a Turner Prize for its exceptional
community outreach.
All Fired Up Ceramic Art Center
invites you to “Come Clay with Us!”
Don’t miss the local art: ceramic,
2-dimentional, 3-dimentional and
fiber. The vision behind the center
is to create a gathering place for
ceramic artists and students to
connect with each other to share ideas

and inspiration; create a learning
environment to encourage growth;
provide access to supplies and materials
at competitive prices and have a studio
where the community can see artists at
work and purchase local art.
There is an art endeavor centrally
located in downtown Chico, upstairs
at 336 Broadway. Chico Art School &
Gallery focuses on painting and drawing
instruction with an emphasis on fun.
Artist and owner, Janet Lombardi Blixt,
teaches children ages 7+ and adults.
Oils, watercolor, acrylic and pastel
mediums are taught in a small class
Unique
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people do. I’ve heard adults say that
it makes them feel like a kid
again.
The new Luminary
Art Benches found in
downtown Chico are
the result of a project
to create artistic
tributes to worldrenowned persons who
either lived in Chico
at one time and went
on to become famous
in his or her field, or
who contributed to the
character of Chico in a
significant way. Chico is the
theme of all the Pedestal Art
Seats. A brochure featuring a walking

map and detailed description of
the benches and pedestal
seats is available at
the Chico Chamber
of Commerce and
at many of the art
galleries.
Benches celebrating the following Chico luminaries are installed in
downtown Chico:
Architect Julia Morgan
is honored by artist
Jenna Mae Hepworth;
the achievements of
Astronomer Carolyn
Spellman-Shoemaker
are celebrated with a bench by art-

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ist David Barta; Painter Jackson Pollock is depicted in mosaic tile by artist
Robin Indar; Writer Raymond Carver,
who lived in Chico in the late 1950’s, is
honored by artist Dylan Tellesen; Actor
Erroll Flynn and the 1938 filming of
“The Adventures of Robin Hood” in
Bidwell Park are recognized by mosaic
artist Christen Derr; in recognition of
the contribution of Chinese workers
to Chico’s history and dedicated to the
memory of Andrea Spressards Christen
Derr designed a mosaic tile bench; John
Muir is remembered with a concrete
and bronze bench by Michael Ginnattasio; Franz Cilensek (Santa Claus to
generations of locals) is honored by a
mosaic tile bench by Pat Koszies and
Kay Wooldridge; Sir Joseph Hooker’s
bench is a concrete and bronze creation
by Juan Cole and Jeff Lerche; and Susan
B. Anthony is remembered by a concrete
and metal bench created by Jean Summerville.
Julia Morgan was California’s first
female architect who designed well over
700 buildings including Hearst Castle
and the Albert E. Warrens Reception
Center (formerly the President’s House)
at CSU, Chico.
Astronomer Carolyn Spellman-Shoemaker, who holds
the world record
for comet
discoveries,
grew up in
Chico and
graduated
from
Chico

State
College with
her Bachelor of
Arts and Master of Arts
in 1949 and 1950, respectively.
A bench not to be missed is one
done by mosaic artist Christen Derr
in remembrance of Chinese workers’
contributions to Chico’s early history. It
is dedicated to Andrea Spessard (19802004).

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Almonds,
Livestock, Fruit
& Fresh Veggies

Photo by
Jason Bertagna

Maisie Jane’s Unique Gifts & Nuts

1324 Dayton Road
Tours: 530-899-7909
www.maisiejanes.com
Blue Diamond Nut & Gift Shop
703 Miller Ave. • 530-895-1853
California State University Farm
South on Park Ave. toward Durham,
Turn right on Hegan
Currently not open for Tours
Mooney Farms
1220 Fortress St. • 530-899-2661
www.mooneyfarms.com
TJ Farms
3600 Chico Avenue • 530-343-2294
www.tjfarmsestates.com
As one of the fourth generation of
almond growers, Maisie Jane turned
a high school FFA project into a nationwide business, and in 1999, was the
first woman to win the N. American
Collegiate Entrepreneur award.
A visit to her shop gives one a good
sense of the history of the almond

business. You’ll see her
great grandfather’s almond
draper, an old maul (used
to knock the nuts from
the trees), a photo series
of then/now, and even an
armoire taken from Annie
Bidwell’s garage that is now
used for displaying almond
products.
At Maisie Jane’s you’ll
find a large selection of
locally made food products
—olive oils, wine, rice,
honey, mustards, cheeses,
spices, and all the local
nuts you could possibly
think of. Nibble at their tasting bar
and view their beautifully made gift

Fresh local nuts in
bulk or by the bag!

We’re an almond farmer-owned business
proudly supporting other local farmers and
producers by offering you a one-stop marketplace, six days a week!

baskets, which you
can take with you
or have shipped.
They even
have delicious
pies— almond
butter, pecan

ice cream pie, mint julep ice cream pie,
java crunch ice cream pie, chocolate
cheesecake—and during the holiday
season, try their peppermint fudge ice
cream pie. All are sold whole or by the
slice.
Providing CSUC students with
hands-on experience in both crop and
livestock management, the University
Farm (1,000 acres) hopes to offer
tours in the future providing visitors
with a good over-view of Sacramento
Valley agriculture. The farm’s Meat Lab

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1324 Dayton Road • Chico, CA 95928 • 899-7909
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CSU, Chico Farm

TJ Farms

prepares beef, lamb, and pork is known
for its large assortment of recipes,
sausages and jerky.
Mooney Farms have been offering
the world’s most complete line of sun
dried tomato products for generations.
Family-owned and operated, they’ve
been growing, drying and processing
these products, which are all Certified as
Kosher. Check their website to find sun
dried tomato sauce, pesto, risotto and
many more products, recipes, and their
unique gift baskets.

immaculate — you’ll find waterfalls,
fountains, ivy-covered trellises, a
pristine gazebo surrounded by flowers
and gently sloping lawns perfect for
mingling. Dignified old walnut trees

shade the beautiful Southern
colonial mansion on the farm.
They have an annual asparagus
festival, and now hold many
weddings on the property.
They allow you to pick your
own or to purchase what they’ve
picked. Either way, the veggies
are always fresh and delicious,
and there’s a good feeling about
getting them at the farm.
At Jack-O-Lantern time, you
can wander through TJ Farms’
Pumpkin Patch to select just the
right “head.” You can also view
the quail pen or slip into the sales
room for a free sample of their
Kiwi concoctions.

Gift Baskets,
Olive Oils,
Local Products,
Sun-Dried Tomatoes,
Gifts and More!
We used to go to Grandpa’s farm in
southern Indiana and pick our sweet
corn for Grandma’s supper. Nothing
ever tasted better—partly because it was
fresh from the field and partly because
we’d picked it ourselves. We’ve found a
place that’s a close second to that.
TJ Farms a 15-acre family owned and
operated farm is only three miles from
the bustling heart of downtown Chico,
but it feels much farther than that. It’s
surrounded by idyllic green orchards
on a country lane, and the grounds are

Mooney Farms

1220 Fortress Street, Chico
Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
(530) 899-2661

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Serve, Bat, Skate
or Kite ‘Em Up

Chico Area Rec. & Park District
545 Vallombrosa • 530-895-4711
www.chicorec.com
Community (20th Street) Park
Access at east end of E. 16th St. near
Chapman School or on Whitman
Ave., a block off E. 20th St.
Hooker Oak Recreation Area
Corner of Manzanita and Hooker
Oak Avenues
Chico Skate Park
359 Humboldt Ave. at Flume
Info: 530-895-4972
DeGarmo Park
Esplanade & Eaton Road

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Community Park

If you
like wide
open
spaces
to enjoy
your volleyball or tennis, we suggest
Community Park. Chico’s largest
outdoor sports park, its 30 acres provide
courts along with ballfields, a large
playground, barbecue grills, picnic
tables, and lots of space to just sit and
reflect or to read a good book. And this
is the site of the annual Chico Kite Day
held in March.

Dedicated in March, 2004, the park’s
Ancestor Gates, commissioned by
the Chico Redevelopment Agency and
the Chico Area Recreation and Park
District, created by artist Jenny Hale
with assistance from Amaera Bay Laurel
and Robin Indar and fabricated by Stan
McEtchin and David Barta are a mustsee. They can be found adjacent to
the play area and Chapman Elementary
School. The mosaics were created in
community workshops in the park. The
gates feature four main ethnic groups:
Mexican-American, Asian-American,
Native American, and African-American.
Hooker Oak Recreation Area also has
ballfields, playgrounds, and picnic areas,
and it offers a little history, too. Named
after an English botanist, the Hooker
Oak was one of the world’s largest oaks
until it died of old age in 1978. The huge
stump is preserved and gives you an idea

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of what a whopper it was.
Completed in 1999, Chico Skate
Park’s 10,000 square feet of fun is open
from 8am to sunset, and is quite a hit
with skateboarders and inline skaters.
They can enjoy a pyramid, rail box,
two 3-foot-wide steps, lots of curbing
and steel coping. Park users must
wear appropriate gear (helmets, pads,
etc.). There’s even a snack bar if all that
skating makes you hungry.
Chico’s newest park, DeGarmo Park,
is located next to Shasta School and
being 36 acres in area, the park will
serve many venues, including soccer and
softball. It also has a dog park. Future
plans call for an aquatics center to be
added.

Whichever category fits
you, Chico’s a great space
for bike riding in or out of
town. Besides the Bidwell
Park paths and multiple other
paths in Chico, you can head
out of town in almost any
direction and have a good ride
with great scenery. Bike trail

maps are available at the
bike shops in Chico and at
the Chamber office.
One ride you shouldn’t
miss is the one that
parallels the Midway, just off
of Park Avenue. In addition
to being a nice ride on a
paved surface, it features

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www.chicovelo.org
Yep, that’s Chico’s designation in a
recent edition of Bicycling magazine,
and no one here would argue with that.
To say that Chico is “Bike Friendly” is a
major understatement.
Some folks bicycle because it’s good
for them. Some do it because it’s good
for the environment. But we think most
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the 2004 mural by Mabrie Jeanne Ormes
and Scott Teeple. Commissioned by
Chico Velo and the City of Chico, this
mural is entitled “Celebrating the
Wildflower Century Bicycle Ride.” The
mural notes a special thanks to Barbara
Castro (botanist), Mike Peavy (pilot),
Rocky Niles (owner of Corlin Paint), and
Classic Golf Car.
The Steve Harrison Memorial Trail,
off 20th Street past Bruce is growing in
popularity. Look for the giant archway.
Another popular, but somewhat
strenuous, trek for cyclists is the 10-mile
ride to Forest Ranch. Just take Ninth
Street east, which will become Highway
32. Lots of pine trees and a couple of
shops will greet you upon arrival.

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(Children 10 & under
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Lunch & Dinner include
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If the heat’s got you beat, or you just
need the exercise, it’s time to take a
dip in a swimming hole or pool. The
Chico Area Recreation Department
has two pools open late May through
mid-August. Both the Pleasant Valley
and Shapiro Pools offer swim lessons,
recreational swimming and family
swim times. Water Rescue and junior
lifeguard and junior swim instructor
classes are also offered. Call the CARD
office at 895-4711 for more information
on those.
If you’d prefer to do your swimming
outside, consider Sycamore Pool in
Lower Bidwell Park or the two area
creeks. Butte Creek is reached by several
access points along Honey Run Road off
the Skyway, and Big Chico Creek offers
many spots in Upper Bidwell Park.
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Take a Dip

Pleasant Valley Pool
2320 North Avenue • 895-4703
Shapiro Pool
Oleander/Memorial Way • 895-4705
Swimming Holes in Bidwell Park
Pools at local sports clubs

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at East Ave., Chico
342-8564

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A venue for swimming sometimes
overlooked are the pools at local sports
clubs. For instance, In Motion Fitness
has five pools and the only kids’ Splash
Park in town! They are consistently
voted the best place to swim in Chico
and offer year-round swim lessons, too.

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A Growing Trio

USDA, Genetic Resource Center
2741 Cramer Lane • 530-895-1176
Covered Bridge Gardens,
National Daylily Display
1821 Honey Run Rd. • 530-342-6661

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The Plant Barn
406 Entler Ave. • 530-345-3121
www.theplantbarn.com
In 1904, some Chico residents deeded
land to the USDA Agricultural Research
Service. That was the beginning of the
Plant Introduction Center where plants
from all over the world were tried to see if
they would grow here.
Two of the more well-known are the
pistachio, which was introduced around
1917, and the kiwi, which was introduced
in 1934. The “mother” and “father” kiwi
are still here at the center and are the
oldest producing kiwi in the nation.
The information gleaned from this
center covers everything from producing
anti-cancer drugs to improving
watersheds, to producing seeds used in
reforestation after fires, pest outbreaks,
and logging activities.
The center has a Nature Trail with
picnic tables and benches located
throughout, and you can pick up a selfguiding brochure, which will inform you
of over 70 species you’ll see along the
trail. Spring is a popular time to visit
this official California
Watchable Wildlife site,
not only for the beautiful
spring blossoms, but
CALIFORNIA also to view migrating
WATCHABLE birds. I think Autumn is
W I L D L I F E my favorite, though—it’s
hard to top their brilliant trees in all
their Fall glory.
But it’s June and the first half of
July that you should visit the American
Hemerocallis (Daylily) Society National
Display Garden at Covered Bridge
Gardens. It has been a display garden
since 1986. The colors and sizes of the
daylily blossoms are breathtaking, and
they have nearly a thousand varieties.

Another breathtaking sight is on view
in November and December at the Plant
Barn when 12,000 poinsettias put on
their show. Wow!

Fish, Boat, Picnic,
79 Canoe, Tube,
or Birdwatch
Bidwell-Sac. River State Park
12105 River Road • 530-342-5185
E-mail: bidriv@norcal.parks.state.ca.us
This park offers 243 acres of hiking,
scenery, and activities. Fishing, boating,
picnicking, wildlife watching, canoeing,
rafting, kayaking, and inner-tubing
can all be enjoyed.
The park includes many areas. Big
Chico Creek Riparian Area is known
for its shad and salmon fishing, and is
popular with birdwatchers, who enjoy
great blue herons, egrets, hawks, ducks,
and swallows, and with families, who
enjoy a day on the beach.
Irvine Finch River Access Area
has a launch ramp, a 295-space parking
lot for boat trailers, six enroute-style

t When Visiting Chico!

Flower class at the Plant Barn

campsites for overnight RV camping,
restrooms, and is the most popular place
to begin a river-floating experience.
Pine Creek day-use area has a large
boat launch and parking lot.
Indian Fishery day-use area features
eight picnic sites and a 3/4-mile selfguided nature trail (great place to see
pipevine swallowtail butterflies).
The many picnic spots make this park
an excellent spot for family reunions.

Orchards in Bloom,
Parks + Tigers,
80 3Lions,
& MoreDurham...
Durham • 6 miles south of Chico
Durham Recreation & Park Dept.
9447 Midway
www.durhamrec.com
530-345-1921
Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation
4995 Durham/Pentz Rd.
www.kirshner.org
530-533-1000, Open by appt. only
If you’ve done all you care to do in
Chico and are headed out of town, we
suggest that you head south about

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Closed Monday and Tuesday

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Family
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3355 ESPLANADE • CHICO • 530-891-5204
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six miles to Durham.
From midFebruary to midMarch, it’s a lovely
drive because of the
almond orchards in
bloom, and Blossom
Tour maps/brochures
are available at the
Chamber office in
Chico (3rd & Salem).

Honey Run Covered Bridge

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6:30 am-2 pm Mon-Fri
7 am-2 pm Sat & Sun

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530.342.9717
352 Vallombrosa Ave.
Chico, California

Beautiful Butte
Creek Canyon
& Some Gems
Along the Way

Honey Run Covered Bridge
Five miles east of Chico, Take the
Skyway, turn left on Honey Run Rd.
Colman (Centerville) Memorial
Community Museum
13548 Centerville Rd.
530-893-9667 • Hrs: 1-4 Weekends
E-mail:ColmanMuseum@aol.com

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Best View of Downtown Chico
BroadwayHeightsChico.com
3rd & Broadway • 899-8075

What’s more, you’ll discover a small
town with a great deal of charm and
civic pride, and one that is known for its
high-achieving schools.
You’ll find three beautiful parks—the
Louis Edwards Community Park has
tennis courts and also contains the
Dwight Brinson Swim Center with its
much-used pool. The largest park is the
Durham Community Park that includes
a playground, ballfields, basketball
court, and equestrian ring. Many large
events are held in this venue including
the Harvest Festival each September
and a Spring Festival each May. Midway
Park is where you’ll find ballfields.
You can also see endangered exotic
live animals in the Durham area. The
Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation
was established to promote an awareness
of wildlife and their habitats. You’ll see
a bobcat, a mountain lion, leopards,
tigers, lions, a serval, a caracal, an
ocelot, as well as foxes, a wallaby, and an
assortment of exotic birds and reptiles,
including a Burmese Python.

Built in 1894, the Honey Run Covered
Bridge is the only three-level covered
bridge in the nation, and it’s one of the
few covered bridges left in California.
All visitors should see it if they’re in
the area, and it seems like they must
because all the picnic tables were taken
when we were there. It’s also a great spot
to go wading or swimming in the creek.
Last one in’s a hot tamale!
A left turn at the bridge puts you
on Centerville Road and on your way
to some other gems. You’ll discover
the charming 1894 Centerville School
and the adjoining museum. Colman
Museum houses local Indian artifacts,
including a beautiful basket collection,
late 1800’s mining equipment, including
gold scales and ledgers from the many
general stores, tools, and relics of the
Civil War era. There’s also a display on
the Centerville Powerhouse, the oldest in
California. The old Centerville Cemetery
is known for its historic headstones.
The drive is nice since it offers a view
of Butte Creek Canyon from the other
side of the creek. The road turns to
gravel, and about a mile past Centerville,
it crosses a PG&E flume, popular for
jogging and walking.

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Paradise

View from Bille Park

All Its Name Implies

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Discover a
Nugget or Two

Gold Nugget Museum
502 Pearson Rd. • 530-872-8722
www.goldnuggetmuseum.com
Hours: Wed-Sun Noon-4
If you want to learn more of this
area’s history, the Gold Nugget should
be your first stop. This museum was
built from profits of the local Gold
Nugget Days celebration held each April
commemorating the discovery of the
54-pound nugget found in 1859, the
largest ever found in North America, and
Days of Living History in September.
A new Maidu exhibit, an animated
assay office, an old country store, a oneroom schoolhouse, and a walk-through
“mine” are just a few of the things to see.
The museum also has rotating exhibits
which can include most anything, even
iron toys.
The museum grounds feature farm
and mining equipment, a replication of
an old West mining town, “Nuggetville,”
a working blacksmith shop, gold
panning sluices, an in-ground Maidu
grinding rock, a covered bridge over the
creek, a barbecue pit and a picnic area.

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Ice Skate in
Paradise!

Paradise Ice Rink
Terry Ashe Recreation Center
6626 Skyway
530-872-6393
www.paradiseprpd.com
Opened in November, 2013 and
remaining open through mid-January,
2014, this outdoor ice rink is the first in
Butte County! It offers family fun of this
traditional wintertime activity.
The rink will be open daily during its
eight-week season. Unlimited day passes
as well as both individual and family
season passes will be available, and the
admission price
includes skates, if
needed. The rink
is also available
for rental for
birthdays or other
events.
Santa arrives
early in late
November, and
many holiday
galas happen
here.

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Paradise Ice Rink

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Paradise Pines Golf Course
13917 South Park Dr., Magalia
530-873-1111
9 Holes, 5,200 yards, Par 68

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(530) 520-4094

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(530) 520-3542

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(530) 872-6814

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(530) 872-6819

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(530) 872-6847

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(530) 872-6817

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(530) 872-6829

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Lava Creek Golf Course
5325 Clark Rd., Paradise
530-872-GOLF (4653)
9 Holes, 4,400 yards, Par 34
If you’re looking for the coolest place
in Butte County in which to golf in the
summer, you’ll want to head to Paradise.
Located at a higher elevation, these
courses are always cooler than any in the
valley.
You’ll have a setting among the pine
trees in which to play, and that’s an
atmosphere that’s hard to beat. Both
courses have a driving range, and
Paradise Pines has a pro shop and a
restaurant, if you work up an appetite
while on the course.

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CENTURY 21 Select Real Estate
5350 Skyway, Paradise
(530) 872-7653 I (800) 785-7654
BRE # 01011224

Behold!
Beautiful Butte
Creek Canyon

Driving into Paradise on the Skyway
from Chico offers some great views of
Butte Creek Canyon, sometimes called
the “Little Grand Canyon” by folks
who’ve seen both. Or take Honey Run
Road out of Paradise for views from
another angle. It’s a beautiful drive,
and we suggest that you bring along a
camera since there’s one photo-op after
another along this route.

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(530) 872-6827

Try for a Birdie

Archery, Hiking
& Swimming

Paradise Parks & Recreation
6626 Skyway • 530-872-6393
www.paradiseprpd.com
Shelinda Bryant
Manager
(530) 872-6843

View all the listings in our area at
www.C21Skyway.com | Paradise@C21SelectGroup.com

Each Office Independently Owned and Operated

Paradise has many beautiful parks,
most featuring lovely picnic areas.
Coutolenc Park also offers an archery
range, and Paul Byrne Park features
a public pool and a duck pond. For
magnificent canyon views, try Bille

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Antiques, Collectibles & Unique Gifts

Bainbridge Antiques

Ebay Listing Service
Inside Treasures from Paradise
6051 Skyway • (530) 876-8380
rlbainbridge@yahoo.com
Wed- Sat 10-5
Buy - Sell - Trade - Consign

969 Bille Rd. • (530) 877-4889
Tue.- Sat. 10-4:30, Sun. 10-4
Home decor, furniture, antiques,
collectable, bric a brac and more.

6118 Skyway • (530) 877-6503
www.skywayantiquemall.com
Mon.- Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5
Antiques & Collectibles, 24 Dealers,
8,000 sq. ft., Reproduction Hardware,
Howardʼs Products

House of Color

700 Fir St. • (530) 877-4637
Preservation & Conservation
Picture Framing / Unique Matting
Kachina Art Gallery & Prints
Art Supplies

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8672 Skyway • (530) 877-6650
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8,000 sq. ft. of Wallet friendly treasures
for your home. Housewares to Estates
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Mon.- Fri. 10-5:30, Sat. 10-4
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6051 Skyway • (530) 872-4200
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Mon.- Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-4
Antiques & Collectibles. Buy & Sell. We
Have Over 25 Dealers & Over 10,000 Sq. Ft.
on 2 Levels. Look at our Ruby Plaza Store!

11. Second Hand Sallyʼs

6256 Skyway.• 872-8889
Mon.-Wed. 11-5:30, Thurs. 11-7
Fri. 11-9, Sat. 11-6, Clsd. Sun.
A unique gallery of art, gifts, jewelry,
gourmet items as well as wine & craft
beer! We focus on items made locally, in
CA and the USA.

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698 Fir St. • (530) 877-7826
www.paradisecraftsandgift.com
Mon. - Fri. 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5
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7529 Skyway • (530) 876 - 9059
www.skywayblue.com
Tue. - Sat. 10-6
Skyway Blue Consignment and Collectibles
in Paradise is a shop with mostly antiques,
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1183 Bille Rd. • (530) 872-9167
Mon.- Sat. 10-5 • Oct.-May
Featuring over 60 handmade chocolates,
candies, gift baskets & specialty items.
Visit us for a delicious sample. and watch
candies being made through the viewing
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(530) 872-7783
Mon.- Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5
Buy & Sell Antiques, Fine
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7409 Skyway • (530) 876-1541
Mon.- Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-5
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this cause.
As a teenager, Stan McEtchin worked
in the shipyards as a welder and pipe
fitter in Vancouver, British Columbia.
He liked welding leftover metal into
gizmos, and other people seemed to like
the results. Stan moved to Paradise
20 years ago, after a stint in Seattle,
Washington.

Attic Treasures
Mall
Park—a favorite of hikers. The brand
new Community Park is a popular
venue for large activities and events, and
features an interesting old railroad car.
Call the park district for
a schedule.

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Collectibles,
Period Antiques,
& Crafts

“I’ve died and gone to Paradise,”
is what many antique collectors say
when visiting Paradise’s antique shops.
From jewelry to glassware, lighting
fixtures to furniture, and paintings to
photographs—just about everything
from yesterday’s collectibles to fine period
furniture is here. Some of the shops
carry quality crafts. Have a heavenly good
time browsing and buying.

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More than just an art galley, Fir
Street Gallery & Gifts features jewelry,
specialty gifts, and home furnishings
as well.
Made in Paradise Gift Shop &
Gallery is an integrated artist’s studio,
gift shop and gallery. It is a great place
to admire local artwork and unique
handmade treasures. Made in Paradise
is also part of a non-profit agency
that serves adults with developmental
disabilities, and all profits go to support

10,000 sq. ft. of Shopping on Two Levels.
Gifts, Antiques, Furniture. Over 35 Dealers.

7409 Skyway • Paradise

(530) 876-1541

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Fir Street Gallery & Gifts
6256 Skyway • 530-872-8889
Made in Paradise Gift Shop
& Gallery
7323 Skyway • 530-872-3296
Paradise Art Center
5564 Almond St.
877-9356, 877-7402 (Saturdays)
www.paradiseartwalk.com
Stan McEtchin Metal Sculpture
70 Wayland Road, just off Neal
530-877-2695

A piece of the
past, a keepsake
for one’s future.

SANDRA’S
Gift Shop

in Hotel Lobby

• 48 units & Suites • Pool & Jacuzzi
Suite Amenities Include:
• Refrigerators, Coffee Maker, Iron, Microwave,
VCR & DVD Players in all spacious rooms
• Full Continental Breakfast • Meeting Room
• Laundromat • Picnic Grounds
• Gift Shop • Internet Connections
• Beautiful Gardens & Walking Areas
• Adds Up To A Perfect Getaway

Ponderosa Gardens Motel
7010 Skyway • Paradise, California
(530) 872-9094 • ponderosagardensmotel.com

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At 80+ years young, Stan McEtchin
is still making metal sculptures and
gizmos. In fact, his property is lined
with these fun creations. There are
outer-space characters, flowers, animals,
train engines, etc., and all are created
with leftover metal in ingenious ways.
In 2004, Stan joined with David
Barta and fabricated the Ancestor Gates
located at 20th Street Community Park
in Chico. You’ll want
to see
them, as
well as
all the
gizmos
at Stan’s
place.

The Paradise Art Center is a teaching
facility that also regularly mounts
exhibits of local artwork.
It’s stimulating and fun to visit
whether you’re interested in purchasing
or just want to view some lovely works.
Or who knows, maybe you’d like to sign
up for a class.
The Paradise Art Walk is a special
event held several times a year with over
a dozen venues participating. Call or
check the website
listed above.

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Wacky & Wild
Sentimental
& Sad

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Cast Off
and Out

Paradise Lake
Info, call Paradise Irrigation District,
530-877-4971
Whether you want to cast offshore
in a boat or cast out your fishing line,
Paradise Lake is a good place to do it.
Hiking and picnicking are also available
at this gorgeous and popular north ridge
lake.
The only boats allowed here are
kayaks, canoes, inflatable boats, or
rowboats with trolling motors only; so
be prepared for a relaxing,
peaceful time.

Paradise Performing Arts Center
777 Nunneley Rd.
Schedule:
www.paradiseperformingarts.com

Paradise Park

Theatre on the Ridge
P.O. Box 13 • 3735 Neal Rd.
Schedule/Tickets: 530-877-5760
www.totr.org
Paradise Performing Arts Center
offers both local and national
performances featuring a wide
variety of entertainment.
From rib-tickling
comedies to more
serious drama, Theatre
on the Ridge features
a wealth of talent with
performances year-round.

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Traverse a
Nature Trail

Trail Listings Available at the
Paradise Visitor Bureau
5550 Skyway, Suite A
530-877-9356

Visit paradisechamber.com for a full
events calendar or call (530) 877-9356

A good way to stay in shape and enjoy
the flora and fauna at the same time is
to take a walk along a nature trail. There
are several hiking trails in and around
Paradise that afford communion
with nature and some outstanding
scenery. If you need help identifying the
birds you’ll see, stop in at the Paradise
Public Library on Clark Road before you
begin, and get a book to assist you.
Butte Creek Trail is a favorite with
many because of the fine views of the
creek that it offers. Turn onto Doe Mill

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Coltide Merlo Park

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Step Back
in Time
Inskip Inn, Inskip, CA 95978
Stirling City Hotel,
16975 Skyway
530-873-0858

At 3,500 feet elevation, folks
enjoy Stirling City year round.
It’s cool in the summer, and has
snow in winter, which is fun for
snowmobiling.
We prefer visiting in the
Spring to view the many
waterfalls, or in the summer to
escape the valley heat, but the
area has become very popular

Road just past De Sabla Reservoir. The
trailhead is on the left just after you
cross the bridge. Spectacular!

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In Memory
of a Mother

Clotilde Merlo Park,
Stirling City • 530-873-1658
This 20-acre park was dedicated in
1987 by Harry A. Merlo in memory of
his mother, whose personal traits of
common sense, courage, and strength of
purpose represent the working principles
and philosophy he incorporated while
Executive Vice-President of GeorgiaPacific and CEO and President of
Louisiana-Pacific.
Blacktail deer, grey squirrels, and
many kinds of birds live among the
ponderosa, sugar pine, incense cedar,
white and Doug fir, black oak, quaking
aspen, and manzanita found here.
There are three large ponds, group
and individual picnic areas, nature
trails, horseshoe pits, a bocce court,
and restrooms. A historical museum is
planned for the future.
This park was built to dignify the
foreigners and pioneers who built the
Diamond Match Lumber Co.

with snowmobilers in the winter.
In 1857 the first stage coach to travel
over the Sierras took this route,
and within a year there were 10 stores,
9 hotels, 7 saloons, and a few other
businesses and homes.
One of the original hotels, Kelly
& Co., was destroyed by fire in 1868,
and was rebuilt as Inskip, sitting at an
elevation of 4,800 feet. One of the oldest
buildings in the county, it’s on National
Register of Historic Places. It is not
currently open to the public.
Built in 1904, the Stirling City Hotel
became a Bed & Breakfast in 1986. It
has a fascinating history, and visitors
especially enjoy the country store and
great food. Their recipes are featured

Concours de laChapelle
Classic European Car Show
Saturday, August 23, 2014 · 6:00pm
Tickets now on sale at concoursdelachapelle.eventbrite.com
Ladymofparadise@hotmail.com for more information

A Benefit for
Northern
California
Ballet

3300 Inspiration Lane, Paradise CA 95969
(530) 228-0941 • chapelledelartiste.com

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Premium
Chocolates
& Candies
• Assorted
Chocolates
• Artisan Truffles
• English Toffee
• Divinity
• Award Winning
Black Gold Truffles
• Sierra Nevada
Pale Ale
Peanut Brittle

in the Best of the Best State Cookbook
series, or you can purchase the
cookbooks (the art in them is wonderful)
sold on the premises.
Nature, history and great food—A
hard combination to top!

1183 Billie Rd, Paradise • 872-9167
Monday-Saturday 10-5
Oct-May

Large
Selection
of Model Kits
& Trains!
Popular scales available

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Full Line Hobbie Shop

A Micro Coaxial Heli Anyone
Can Afford, As Well As Fly.

491 Pearson Rd. • Paradise
(530) 877-6447
Open Mon-Sat. 10 am to 5 pm

Discounts
for Schools
& Scouts
RC PARTS
FOR:
TRAXXAS,
AXIAL,
ASSOCIATED
AND LOSI
We Carry Tires
and Rims for
ALL RC Cars!

A Bit of Paradise History
Paradise Ridge first became a passageway
from Oroville to Susanville and Nevada along
the Pentz Road route. In what is now Paradise,
the stagecoach followed the current Clark
Road, joining the Oroville-Susanville Road
near Magalia. Neal Road was originally a
cattle road and later served the DurhamChico area. Families settled on farms around
the Ridge as early as 1853, cultivating crops
and raising hogs.
Early on, lumbering and livestock were
the mainstays of the area. Farming the
area began with an olive orchard on Clark
Road, and at one time Paradise was known
as California’s apple center, hence Johnny
Appleseed Days each October.
But it was the discovery of the largest gold
nugget ever found in California that is responsible for the town’s largest annual celebration,

Gold Nugget Days, each April. The nugget,
discovered in 1859, weighed 54 pounds in the
rough, and from it came a refined 49.5 pounds
of pure gold worth $10,960 at the time.
Life in the pines is above the valley fog,
and as in the 1800’s, winter varies a great
deal according to just exactly where you are
in the area, as the following altitude numbers
indicate.
Altitude (feet above sea level):
Paradise: 1,200-2,400 feet
Magalia: 2,400-2,800 feet
Stirling City: 3,600 feet
Inskip: 4,800 feet
Yes, to be sure, life in the pines is above the
valley fog, but whether it’s below the snow or
not depends on if you’re in Paradise, Magalia,
Stirling City or Inskip!

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A Little History
with Your Apples

Noble Orchards
7050 Pentz Rd. • 530-877-4784
Open to the public July through
late Winter
At one time Paradise was known as
California’s apple center, and the first
apple celebration here was in 1880 and
was called the Harvest Home Festival.
Through the years, the festival had many
names and in 1968 it became Johnny
Appleseed Days.
You can still visit an apple orchard
that has producing trees that date
back to the late 1800’s. Since 1921 the
Noble Orchards have been producing
apples. It’s still family run, and is
the last of such farms on the Ridge.
Seventeen varieties of apples are
harvested from the now 30 acres and 20
acres of peaches and nectarines. Pies for
the Johnny Appleseed Festival are made
from Noble Orchard apples.
History buffs will appreciate the 1932
fruit packing shed still in use today, and
collectors will appreciate the original
fruit labels (ones that were never put on
those old wooden boxes).

So whether you just want to purchase
some quality apples or experience a little
of the Ridge history, you’ll enjoy a visit
to Noble Orchards.

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Gridley

Vierra Park

A Small Town that Loves Company

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Learn a Little
or a Lot

Gridley Museum
Corner of Hazel & Kentucky Streets
530-530-846-3142
The Gridley Museum is housed in the
Veatch Building. The museum collects,
preserves exhibits and interprets
artifacts, photographs and other
documents which pertain to the cultural
heritage of Gridley and Butte County,
including early rice farming and early
orchards.
Its collection is used primarily to
educate and inform the general public
about the people, places, and events of
historical significance.
Stop by any Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday or Friday, 10- 2 p.m.. You’re
bound to learn a little and maybe a lot!

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First to Fall
Memorial

Gridley-Biggs Cemetery
2023 Hwy 99 • 530-846-2537
This World War II Memorial honors
all American veterans and carries the
picture and story of area native Warren
McCutcheon on the nine-foot tall black
granite slab. McCutcheon, who was 17
at the time, is believed to have been the
first casualty of the bombing at Pearl
Harbor on December 7, 1941 while
he served as a machine gunner on the
foremast of the U.S.S. Maryland.
Dedicated on Memorial Day, 1996,
by retired Navy Admiral John Bitoff, the
memorial was erected by V.F.W. Gridley
Post 5731 and Biggs Post 3811 with
the hope that future generations would
“Remember Pearl Harbor” and defend
America with that same devotion.

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Lavender Ranch

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Follow Your Nose
to Fragrance

Lavender Ranch
17 Rio Bonito Ave.
Biggs, CA 95917
530-868-5151
www.LavenderRanch.com
most outstanding examples of an oldCalifornia Farming since 1865,
fashioned county fair in the state.
Lavender Ranch welcomes you to
Flower, food, 4-H, & craft exhibits,
step onto the land and experience the
livestock judging, country music,
fragrance and beauty of their lavender
carnival, destruction derby, rodeo, and
fields. Their flowering fields are in high
Butte County Fairgrounds
much more are at the fair.
bloom in May and June annually, and
199 East Hazel St. • 530-846-3626
the ranch gives many tours during that
The fairgrounds also hosts dog shows,
These 36 tree-shaded acres are
time of the year.
car shows, and RV rallys during the year.
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24 Hour Emergency Services
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At Orchard Hospital, we know your time is valuable.

Our emergency services provide quality health care services in a professional and efficient manner.
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Our emergency
services
provide
quality
health care
serviceswith
in a aprofessional
The majority of other ER’s take upwards
of 4 hours for
a patient
to have
a face-to-face
encounter
doctor and and eff

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time elsewhere.
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technology. This technology will
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purchased state of the art MRI.

240 Spruce Street • Gridley • 846-9000
www.orchardhospital.com
240 Spruce Street • Gridley • 846-9000
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Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

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Windfall of
Waterfowl

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
8 Miles Southwest of Gridley,
Pennington/Almond Orchard Rds.
530-846-7505
Managed by the California Dept.
of Fish and Game, its 9,182 acres are
among the most extensively used
seasonal wetlands in the Pacific
Flyway. More than 80 miles
of roads run through the area
with more than 50 miles of trails
available for hikers and bicyclists.
Gray Lodge is an official
California Watchable
Wildlife
site.
Year
round
you may
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observe WATCHABLE
several
WILDLIFE
species
of resident waterfowl, as
well as a vast number of
migratory passerines and
shore birds. Many raptors,
deer, and other wildlife are

commonly observed in the area.
Sandhill cranes and migratory
waterfowl begin returning to the area
in early fall. Waterfowl viewing is best
from November through January. It
is highly recommended you bring
insect repellent and sunscreen for
your comfort. Fishing is available until
October.

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Marvel at the
Mountains

Sutter Buttes
2 miles from Gray Lodge Wildlife
Area • 530-634-6387
Privately owned; tours are available
Formed one and a half to two and
a half million years ago, the Sutter
Buttes are the world’s smallest complete
mountain range and can be seen for
miles around.
Many Maidu Indian villages were once
located near the Buttes, and the Indians
called them the Spirit Mountains
believing that their spirits went there
after death.
The Buttes were also an important
lookout point for early pioneers and
military scouts, and today are

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Just Beyond the Arch, drive past
the Victorian Homes on your way
to the Newly Remodeled Historic
Downtown Gridley, (just over the
railroad tracks).

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enjoyed by thousands who annually
come to photograph or capture their
beauty on canvas. Scenic drive markers
direct motorists around the exterior of
the Buttes.

• Red Suspenders Day
• Farmers Market
• Home & Garden Fair
• 14 Mile Yard Sale

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of Commerce
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Improvement District

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Bicentennial Living
101 Witness Tree
& Mural Musings
Murals in Gridley • Tree in Live
Oak, south of Gridley on Hwy 99
There are only 55 trees identified
in the nation as having been standing
at the time of the signing of the
Constitution. One of those, a Valley Oak,
stands in Live Oak.
Each tree identified by the Living-

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• Garden Gifts
• Nostalgic Toys
• Children’s
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Gridley • 846-0987

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Witness Tree Program reflects
a longterm commitment by
local tree care professionals
who provide life-time care. Cosponsors of the Live Oak Tree
are Arborists Scot Wineland of Chico’s
Wineland Walnuts, and Meg Burgin, of Live
Oak’s Domestique Tree and Garden Service.
In 1997 Gridley initiated a mural
program which has grown yearly.
They’re all well done, and if you stop by
the Chamber of Commerce, they’ll give
you a map with exact locations.

There’s Lots
More!

We hope you’ll use “101 Things to Do
In & Around Butte County” on a regular
basis if you’re
a resident, and
that it will be
your guide to
what’s what if
you’re a visitor.
For brochures
of attractions,
maps of hiking
and biking
trails (as well
as mural locations) and lists of activities
and events, we also hope you’ll utilize
our county’s many other resources listed
in the next column. You’ll soon realize
that this county is blessed with a larger
variety of opportunities for fun and
growth than most any place we know.
Treasures abound!

A BIT OF GRIDLEY HISTORY
At the foot of the ancient Sutter
Buttes, in the heart of California’s
golden Sacramento Valley, with the
Feather River two and a half miles on
the East, lies the City of Gridley. Here
is a city which has always had plenty
of opportunities for industry, farming and living. The town of Gridley is
named after George W. Gridley who
came here from Galena, Illinois. In
1850 he attempted to drive sheep and
cattle across the plains to California.
He lost the animals, but arrived safely
himself and settled here.
Gridley is surrounded by a very
fertile region that has an abundance
of water, good drainage and the long
season necessary for growing things.
You name it; you can grow it in Gridley! The soil is sediment brought here
in the past ages by the overflow from
the Feather River is well adapted to
irrigation. Gridley is one of those
clean, well-kept towns that everyone
who has ever driven through thinks,
“Now there is a nice town in which
to live!”

The early settlers began to come
around the year 1869. Soon the increase in population created a demand for more household supplies
and stores were built. The first one
was built in 1872, the proprietor being Mr. L. C. Stone. Next a flour mill
was built.
Soon a row of business houses
was erected and known as the “Stone
Block”. On the opposite side of the
street another business block was built
by a man named Shaw. The street now
known as Virginia Street was formerly
the famous “Battle Row” for in one
block there were six saloons.
There are still many weU preserved
turn-of-the-century homes on Hazel
Street. The restored Hazel Hotel
boasts of wonderful retail stores with
affordable senior housing upstairs.
More of Gridley’s history can be
found in the Gridley Museum at 601
Kentucky Street next to the Gridley
Area Chamber of Commerce.

QUICK RESOURCES
Chambers of Commerce
Chico: 441 Main St., Ste. 150,

PO Box 3300, Chico CA 95927

530-891-5556, 800-852-8570

www.chicochamber.com
Gridley: 613 Kentucky St., 530-846-3142

www.gridleyareachamber.com
Oroville: 1789 Montgomery

530-538-2542, 800-655-GOLD

www.orovillechamber.net

www.lakeoroville.net
Paradise: 5550 Skyway, 530-877-9356

www.paradisechamber.com

Butte County Libraries
Biggs:
464-A B St. • 530-868-5724
Chico: 1108 Sherman • 891-2761
Durham: 2545 Durham-Dayton Hwy

530-343-4094
Gridley: 299 Spruce • 530-846-3323
Oroville: 1820 Mitchell• 538-7641
Paradise: 5922 Clark • 530-872-6319
Paradise Genealogy Society:

5587 Scottwood • 877-2330

Parks & Recreation Departments
Chico: 545 Vallombrosa, 530-895-4711

www.chicorec.com
Durham: 9447 Midway, 530-345-1921

www.durhamrec.com
Gridley: 685 Kentucky, 530-846-3264

www.gridley.ca.us
Oroville: 1875 Feather River Blvd.,

530-533-2011 · www.frrpd.com
Paradise: 6626 Skyway 530-872-6393

www.paradiseprpd.com

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530-589-4128
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Oroville

Oroville
Hospital

Gridley

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Paradise

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Hospital

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Feather
River
Hospital

Chico

Bidwell Park
Chico, California

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Oroville
2660 Olive Hwy.
2590 Feather River Blvd.

Gridley

Paradise

1503 Hwy. 99

5859 Clark Rd.

Chico
2398 The Esplanade
757 East Avenue • 1930 E. 20th St.

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