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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.
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Discover Lake Oroville & its Visitor’s Center, California’s 1st Suspension Bridge, the Nation’s Tallest Earthen Dam, an 1863 Chinese Temple, a 41-mile Bike Trail, Wineries, Wildlife areas, & Gold Rush era museums.
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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, as well as pro sports teams — all in the nation’s Top-Rated Bike Town.
Experience Feather Falls, Bald Rock, Table Mt., Feather River Canyon Scenic Byway, & more.
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See Sutter Buttes, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, and tree-shaded Butte County Fairgrounds.
All its name implies… plus the Gold Nugget Museum and the “Little Grand Canyon.”
B-Line...............................30-31 Chico Art Benches ................. 58 Antique Shops ................. 53, 70 Gridley, Oroville, Paradise ..... 79 Chico & Bidwell Park............. 80 North Valley Wineries ...... 26, 29
Performing & Fine Arts
Oroville State Theater ...... 10, 20 Birdcage Theatre .............. 18, 21 Paradise Art Scene ................. 71 Paradise Performing Arts Center & Theatre on the Ridge .....71-72 Performing Arts in Chico ........ 36 Chico Art & Galleries ........54-58
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Now-Apr. 21 - “Dance of Spring” Sally Dimas Art Gallery. Call 345-3063 Mar. 23-Apr. 21 - “Form & Color: Barbara Morris & Maria Phillips, 2-D; Delbert Rupp 3-D.” Avenue 9 Gallery. Call 879-1821 Mar. 25 - Kite Day 12-4p.m., Community Park. Bird in Hand sponsors. 893-0545 Mar. 26-Apr. 17- “Beauty & the Beast” at Chico Theater Company. Call 894-3282 Mar. 27 - “An Evening with Branford Marsalis,” 7:30 p.m. Laxson Aud. 898-6333 Mar. 31-Apr. 7 - Easter Bunny Visits & Photos, Sears Court, Chico Mall. 343-0706 Apr. 3-8 - “Rashomon” — theater 7:30 p.m., Tues-Sat. + 2pm Sat-Sun., Wismer Theatre. Call 898-6333 Apr. 4 - “Bartolus of Sassoferrato: The Making of Western Environmental Law” – history lecture, 7:30 p.m., RowlandTaylor Hall. Call 898-6333 Apr. 6-7 - “Keeping Dance Alive, Fri. 7:30 p.m. & Sat. 2 p.m., Laxson. 898-6333 Apr. 7 - Spring Jamboree (Egg Hunt) Caper Acres, Bidwell Park. Call 895-4711 Apr. 7 - “Band Classics”—Symphonic Winds, 7:30 p.m., Harlen Adams. 898-6333 Apr. 11 - Harlem Gospel Choir, 7:30 p.m. Laxson. Call 898-6333 Apr. 11 - Doppelganger—Thank You Concert Harlen Adams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Call 898-6333 Apr. 12 - Michele Shover talk, 4 pm, “Chicoʼs Endangered Icons: Architectural Preservationʼs Next Stage.” Avenue 9 Gallery. Call 879-1821 April 12 - Dave Eggers—Zeitoun: Book in Common, Laxson,7:30 p.m. 898-6333 Apr. 13 - 2nd Friday ARTabout … SOPO Neighborhood, 4-8 p.m. 518-4536 Apr. 14 - “Romantic Masters”—Choral Harlen Adams Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 898-6333 Apr. 20 - “Strings Attached”—CSU Guitar Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Rowland-Taylor Hall. Call 898-6333 Apr. 21 - “Spring is Here” —Jazz X-Press 7:30 p.m., Harlen Adams. 898-6333 Apr. 21-22 - Iris Show at Chico Mall. Apr. 22 - 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. 25-26 - “Viva Opera!”—Opera, 7:30 p.m. Rowland-Taylor Hall. Call 898-6333 April 27 - Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott with The Assad Brothers—cello, piano & guitar, 7:30 p.m. Laxson Aud. Call 898-6333
Apr. 27-May 19 - “Michele Miller, Karma Ganzler: Two Photographers: Two Perspectives.” Avenue 9 Gallery. 879-1821 Apr. 28 - Tennis Rock & Rally 9-11am Community Park Courts. Call 895-4711 Apr. 29 - Chico Velo Wildﬂower Bike Ride. Call 343-8356 May 2-6 - “Oklahoma”—Spring Musical 7:30 p.m. Wed-Sat. + 2pm Sun., Laxson. Call 898-6333 May 4 - Wine & Jazz Garden Party 5-8pm at Stansbury House. Call 891-0585 May 5 - St. Johnʼs Spring Garden Tour plus lunch & boutique. Call 893-8979 May 5 - Endangered Species Faire 10am4pm Cedar Grove, Bidwell Park. 891-6424 May 5 - Pioneer Day Parade, 11 a.m. Downtown. Call 895-5315 May 5-6 - Chicoʼs Artisanʼs Fair 10-5 p.m. Downtown Park Plaza. 345-9652 May 8-June 23 - “Figure Drawing” at Sally Dimas Art Gallery. Call 345-3063 May 9 - “Riders in the Sky” at 7:30 p.m. Laxson Auditorium. Call 898-6333 May 11 - 2nd Friday ARTabout … Uptown Neighborhood, 4-8 p.m. 518-4536 May 11-13 - ChiVAA Springtime Art Fiesta, Matador Motel, 1934 Esplanade. 518-4536 or www.chivaa.org May 12 - Chico Antiques & Design Faire 8-5 p.m. at Patrick Ranch. Info, 893-5534 May 13 - “Across the Seas, from Ages Past—North State Symphony, 2 p.m. Laxson. 898-6333 May 16 - “Annie Jr.” 7:30 p.m., Laxson. Call 898-6333 May 24-28 - Silver Dollar Fair at Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. Call 895-4666 May 25-June 23 - “Phyllis Cullen Invitational Fiber Art Show & Naty Osa Storytelling.” Avenue 9 Gallery. Call 879-1821 June -Aug. - Chico Creek Summer Camp Chico Creek Nature Center. Call 891-4671 June 3 - Honey Run Covered Bridge Pancake Breakfast 7-11 a.m. Call 895-0911 June 3 - Centerville 49er Faire 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Centerville Rd. Info, 893-9667 June 8 - 2nd Friday ARTabout … Downtown Neighborhood, 4-8 p.m. 518-4536 June 9 - Chico Microbrew Fest 2-6 p.m. Manzanita Place Elks Lodge. 342-3768 June 9-10 - Threshing Bee & Antique Equipment Show 9-4p.m. at the Patrick Ranch. Call 892-1525 or 342-4359 June 11-26 - “Kiss Me Kate” at Chico Theater Company. Call 894-3282
June 29-July 28 - “Where Art Happens.” Avenue 9 Gallery. Call 879-1821 June 29-Aug. - “Americana Red, White & Blue” Sally Dimas Art Gallery. 345-3063 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 13 - 2nd Friday ARTabout … SOPO Neighborhood, 4-8 p.m. 518-4536 July 14 - A Slice of Downtown Chico Free watermelon and great sales. 345-6500 June 14 - Chamber BBQ & Cook-Off 5:30-11pm, Silver $ Fairgrounds. 891-5556 July 21 - Chico Pond Tour. Call 342-4913 July 30-Aug. 21 - “Clue—the Musical” Chico Theater Co. 894-3282 Aug. 10 - 2nd Friday ARTabout … Uptown Neighborhood, 4-8 p.m. 518-4536
Mar. 22 - Larry Pearson Memorial Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, 6-9p.m. at Moose Lodge. Info, 846-0869, 370-8464 Apr. 7 - Easter Egg Hunt Info, 846-3142 Apr. 27 - Kaleidoscope Golf Tournament at Table Mtn. Golf Course. Info, 846-5851 May 4 - Quota Salad Luncheon 11:30 a.m., Butte Fairgrounds. Info, 846-0869 May 12 - Kids Fishing Day at Gray Lodge, ages 1-15, 7 a.m.-Noon. 846-3264 May 18 - Annual Guns vs. Hoses Softball Tournament. Info, 846-3142 May 18 - Unjustice Court, Downtown. Info, 846-3142
May 19 Parade at 11 a.m. Plus pancake breakfast, arts & crafts booths, music, bed races, ﬁremanʼs games, childrenʼs area, Pinewood Derby, Trike Races for children. Call 846-3142 May 22-Aug. 28 - Farmers Market every Tues. at El Tamborazo Restaurant, 1761 Hwy. 99. Info, 846-3687 May 28 - Memorial Day Ceremony, Gridley/Biggs Cemetery. May 31-June 3- Nor Cal Cluster Dog Show Gridley Fairgrounds. Call 846-3626 June 23 - Discover Gridley, Itʼs All About Us! 10-3p.m., Safeway Center, Hwy. 99 Aug. 2 - Ice Cream Social at Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital. Call 846-5671 Aug. 23-26 Butte County Fair at the fairgroundsʼ 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
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Berry Creek: Aug. 11 - Berry Festival at 1477 Bald Rock Rd., At the Berry Creek Grange. Info, 589-3807 Oroville: Mar. 30-April 15 - “Guys & Dolls” Birdcage Theatre 7:30pm wkends. 533-2473 Apr. 1 - Trail Less Traveled 5K & 1/4 Marathon, 9am. Call 370-2647 Apr. 7 - Wildﬂower Festival, 10-4 p.m. Riverbend Park. Call 533-2011 Apr. 7 - Egg Hunt & Healthy Kids Day, 9 a.m. Hammon Park. Info 533-9622 Apr. 11 - “Orovilleʼs Got Talent”, 5-10 p.m. at State Theatre. 538-2470 Apr. 28-29 - Surplus Cityʼs Spring Mud Crawl, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 534-9956 Apr. 29 - Republican Womenʼs Home Tour & Tea, 1-4:30 p.m. Call 533-5395 May 4-20 “Leading Ladies”, 7:30 p.m. wknds at Birdcage Theatre. 533-2473 May 5 - STAGE presents Barbershop Quartet 7 p.m.at State Theatre.
June, 1st Sat. - Opening Day & Chili Cookoff, Yuba-Feather Historical Museum & Gold Trader Flat, 675-1025 June 2 - Hooked on Fishing at Bedrock Park. Call 538-2542 June 2 - “Stamp Your Feet” 6 p.m. at State Theatre. 538-2470 June 9 - Creative Arts Center “Show,” 7 p.m. at State Theatre. 538-2470 June 14 - Flag Day Celebration @ Liberty Pole, Montgomery & Huntoon. 533-9418 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 July 27-28 “Stamp Your Feet” 6:30 p.m. at State Theatre. Info, 538-2470 Aug., 1st Sat. - Forbestown Daze–Living History Day. 9-4 pm, Yuba-Feather Historical Museum & Gold Trader Flat, 675-1025 Mar. 22- Apr. 15 - “Kimberly Akimbo” 7:30 p.m. Th-Sat; some Sun. matinees. Theatre on the Ridge. Call 877-5760 Apr. 7 - Easter Egg Hunt 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Aquatic Park. Call 872-6393 Apr. 7-8 - “Gem & Mineral Show” 10am4pm at Veteranʼs Hall. 872-1846 Apr. 13-14- “Paradise Dancers” 7p.m. + 2pm on Sat., Performing Arts Center. www. paradiseperformingarts.com Apr. 15- Community Chorus 3pm, Performing Arts Center. www.paradiseperformingarts.com Apr. 21 - Kids Fishing Day 6 a.m.-3 p.m. at Paradise Lake. Call 873-1040
May 6 - Paradise Symphony 7p.m. Performing Arts Center. 872-8454 May 12 - Chocolate Fest 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Terry Ashe Park. Call Debbie at 342-4896 May 18-19- N. Calif. Ballet 7:15 pm + 2:15 Sat., Performing Arts Center. May 31 - “Memorial Day Ceremony” 10am at Paradise Cemetery. Call 877-4493 May 31-June 24 - “Twentieth Century” 7:30 p.m. Th-Sat; some Sun. matinees. Theatre on the Ridge. Call 877-5760 June 2-3 - Garden Tour (6 gardens+plant sale), Paradise Garden Club. Call 877-4242 June 10 - Unity in Diversity Festival, 1-5 at Community Park. Call 877-1856 June 16- “Cruisinʼ Classic Car Show” 8-5 p.m. Performing Arts Center. 520-7424 July 4 - Dogtown Fair 9-3, Magalia Community Church, 13700 Skyway. 877-7963 Chico Downtown Concerts in the Park Free 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, May 18 - Sept. 7 in Downtown Plaza. Call 345-6500 Chico Certiﬁed Farmersʼ Markets are held Thursdays April-Sept., 6-9 p.m. on Broadway between 2nd- 5th Streets with entertainment and shops open late; info, 345-6500. Saturdays 7:30a.m.-1 p.m. year round, 2nd & Wall. Call 893-3276. 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 Farmersʼ Market is 7:30amNoon Tuesdays June-Oct. at Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark.
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May 5- 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 5 - Native Sons of the Golden West Beerfest, Rifﬂes RV Park. - Pioneer Museum Open for 80th Anniversary, Noon-4p.m. 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 - St. Thomas the Apostle School, 1380 Bird St. Call 534-6969 Sun. - Eagles Motherʼs Day Brunch Motherʼs Day Ham Dinner. El Medio Fire Dept. May 19 - Fit-n-Fun Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Forebay. Info, 533-9622 May 19 - “I Wish—Healthy Habits Play” 2 p.m., State Theatre. 538-2470, 533-6911 May 27 - BCHS Oregon City BBQ
Gold Nugget Days Apr. 26-29
Thurs- Spaghetti Feed, Sr. Center 5-7 & Opening Ceremonies at Performing Arts Center at 7pm. Friday- Dogtown Revue 7pm, Perf. Arts Ctr Gold Nugget Ball - 8pm-Midnight Sat. - Pancake Breakfast at Veteranʼs 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 5 - Spring Fishing Derby 9:3011:30am. Aquatic Park. 872-6393
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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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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.
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 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
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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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* 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
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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North & South Forebays West of Hwy. 70, north of Oroville (Garden Drive Exit) Classes: 624-6919; www. aschico.com/forebayaquaticcenter Reserved for non-motorized use 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 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 Associated Students of CSU, Chico the Department of Boating and Waterways, the Department of Water Resources and the Department of Parks and Recreation. The center provides boat rentals, such as kayaks
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* 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: ……… (each) 20 Tears from the Sun: ………………… 19 Animal Babies: ……………………… 10 The Predators: ……………………… 26 Looking at Fishes: ………………… 15 Marty Stouffer’s Wild America: 6 videos ………………… (each) 30 Bird of Prey — Red Tailed Hawk: … 14 Rare and Endangered Plants of California: …………………… 18
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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,” and held a regional bass tournement
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(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 10 a.m. -7 p.m. daily. 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.
for groups with 15 or more), children under 12 free 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 cabin. The original building has been enlarged to now hold 6,000 sq. ft. of historic treasures. Antique pianos, the original Oregon City School organ, a grand old clock from Bidwell Bar, an extensive hat collection (including an 1849 bonnet 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!
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C.F. Lott Home in Sank Park 1067 Montgomery Street 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,
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Butte County Pioneer Memorial Museum 2332 Montgomery Street cityoforoville.org/pioneermuseum .html 530-538-2497 • Fri-Sat-Sun. Noon-4p.m. Closed: Dec. 15-Jan. 31 Admission: $2 Adults ($1.50/each
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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.
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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.
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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 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
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Historic State Theatre of Oroville At Myers & Robinson Tickets: 530-538-2415 Box Office Information Recording: 530-538-2470 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.
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Ehmann Home Lincoln at Robinson, 530-877-7436 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 and had markets across the nation. Edwin served as mayor here from 1919-23. 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
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publication), and Ehmann olives are offered at the Archives. Gifts are offered in all three venues.
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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. 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.
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 Municipal Auditorium on Feather River Blvd.
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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), creek crossings, panoramic views of Oroville, the Sacramento Valley, 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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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
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Feather River Fish Hatchery & Nature Center 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 Fallrun (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 action at this official California Watchable Wildlife site.
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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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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 Most Unique Sportsman’s Store!” s—
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appointment to sample the best extra virgin olive oil in the nation! The Sierra Oro Farm Trail Map features many of the above-
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Oroville Aviation Corp. 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
Giannecchini Sunset Olive Oil Oroville, CA 95966 530-533-2400 Lodestar Farms Olive Oil 3719 Foothill Blvd., Oroville, CA 95966 530-534-6548 www.lodestarfarms.com Meier Orchards Olive Oil (530) 589-0203 Sierra Oro Farm Trail Map 530-566-9849 www.sierraoro.org 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! 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 the study the process of making olive oil, Meier in France, Johansson (Lodestar) in Spain, and Giannecchini’s in Italy. COR, with 320,000 trees, operates the largest olive oil orchard and mill in the USA. They offer Friday tours from 9-11:30 a.m., May -September where you’ll see a two-phase olive mill with 10 tons of fruit-per-hour capacity. The Wagon Wheel Market on Olive Highway carries many of the local olive oils, but Lodestar Farms has a tasting room and give tours; however, a phone call to any of them can get you an
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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 radio-controlled airplane for less than $300. The group meets monthly. DWR built a 350 x 300 foot runway,
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The Depot at Western Pacific Brewing and Dining Oliver & High Sts. (530) 534-9101 Where better to watch the trains go by than in Oroville’s original Western Pacific Railway Station? This beautiful structure has been lovingly restored and turned into a first-class restaurant and lounge. 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. Whenever you go, we suggest that you stay for a meal. We’ve left there smiling after each dining experience.
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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 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 Trading, 1910 Bird St., Oroville, CA.
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prestigious campuses such as UC Davis, UC Berkeley, USC, UCLA, and Stanford, among others. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, and two out of three students receive financial aid, grants, or scholarships. Personalized tours can be arranged by phoning them or visiting their website.
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University of California at Berkeley 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
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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 car-top 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 year-round or seasonal home to 171 species of birds.
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Motorcycle (1955), to a Sidewinder Missile AIM9E 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 treeshaded 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.”
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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.
Mitchell Park - Pomona & Fifth Avenue Nelson Park - Sixth Street & Nelson Riverbend Park - West end of Montgomery Street 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. Located at the West end of Montgomery Street, the first phase of Riverbend Park opened in May, 2006. Several openair 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.
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Boating / Camping / Fishing Recreational opportunities are also available at the North and South Forebays, Afterbay, Diversion Pond & Feather River.
Oroville’s Salmon Festival & Bounty of Butte County
Sept. 21-23 in Downtown Oroville A weekend of fun for everyone! salmonfestoroville.org
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For an extensive list of community events, visit orovillechamber.net
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Palermo Park 2350 Ludlum Avenue in Palermo 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 old-fashioned 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.
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Bolt Tool Museum End of Safford Street between Oak & Pine Streets 530-538-2528, 530-533-3096 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. 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. 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!
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Oroville Municipal Airport Oro Dam Blvd. West Two-Three Miles Past the Bridge Rates/Reservations: 530-533-1313 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 a plane. 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.
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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.
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
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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.
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 bluish-purple lupines and brilliant golden poppies. You may also see people flying kites.
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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.
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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 Tours of the school: 530-533-5316 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. Burnett (who later became the first civil governor of Calif.) and prospered as a gold mining community. 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.
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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.
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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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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. g
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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.
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, emeraldhued, 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
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families were living in the camp in 1856, but 400 miners lived within two miles. Henry Cohn, who had a store there from 1857 to 1863, described Poker Flat as a “miserable hole.” Today Poker Flat is a beautiful setting on Canyon Creek with artifacts from the 1800’s still visable. Goldmining claims are still active. Though not too far from La Porte, it is strictly a 4-wheel drive trip. But, when you get there you can camp at 6 campsites constructed by the U.S. Forest Service complete with picnic tables and fire pits.
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. hand at
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The Fruit of the Vine 47 Your Guide to the North Valley’s Best Wine
Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyard 3363 Hegan Lane Chico, CA 95928 530-343-1623 www.bertagnawine.com Creekside Cellars 250 Vallombrosa Chico, CA 95928 530-894-7696 www.creeksidecellars.com Gale Vineyards 9345 Stanford Lane Durham, CA 95938 530-891-1264 www.galevineyards.com Grey Fox Vineyards 90 Grey Fox Lane, Oroville, CA 95966 530-589-3920 www.greyfox.net E-mail: contactus@ greyfox.net Hickman Family Vineyards 77 Orange Ave. Bangor, CA 95914 530-679-0679
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picnic area. Their Merlot and Chardonnay are crafted with Mendocino grapes. They also produce a selection of five port 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
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. The Honey Run wines are made with berries (not grapes) and with honey to provide the sugar needed to make an 11-12% alcohol wine. No sulfites or preservatives make this a very delicious and very healthy beverage.
Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyard offers wines made from organic grapes and pride themselves on attention to detail, which small case production allows. Tastings are available by appointment. Their wines are also found in many Chico stores, including Maisie Jane’s, Chico Natural Foods, S & S Produce, and both Chico Raley’s. You can experience a taste of Napa Valley in Chico by visiting Creekside Cellars. Located in a charming courtyard next to Chico Creek, they offer wine and cheese tasting with a special theme each Thursday-Saturday. Over 375 wines and many accessories plus cheese are available for purchase. 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, a state-of-the art facility with high-tech equipment housed inside a cinder-block lined cave carved into a hillside, has seven acres planted in vines and is open for tastings on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon-5 p.m. Here you can taste a variety of Italian wines including Sangiovese, Syrah, Barbera, Zin, Viognier and Dolcetto made from grapes grown on the premises, while enjoying spectacular views and a lovely
mineral-rich soil, create an ideal environment for our estate grown varietals. Cooler climate varietals are sourced from select hand-tended vineyards
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A short ways up the hill from Chico on Doe Mill Ridge in Forest Ranch, is LaRocca Vineyards. The oldest and largest winery in the area, specializing in organic wines with no sulfites. You can call for an appointment and tour their 110 acre estate vineyard and organic winery and while there sample their award winning, nationally recognized wines. “The French word is ‘terroir’––the right combination of soil, sun, wind, and water that produces good wine,” says Lou Cecchi of Long Creek Winery. Very traditional, old-fashioned winemaking methods are used here. There’s no blending or filtering of wines, and all are aged in mediumtoasted oak barrels (French or American) for at least a year. View six acres in vines and sample Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. Tastings by appointment. The Abbey of New Clairvaux is the only Trappist-Cistercian monastery in the Americas to grow, make 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 in 1890. 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 2,500 cases annually. Odyssey Winery uses local and estate grapes to produce their wines. In addition they sell wine-pairing foods and wine accessories, and the tasting room is a showcase for local artists.
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They are available for group and corporate functions. At Quilici Vineyards enjoy the magnificent view all the way to the Coastal Range and taste traditionally made wines. Truly a small boutique winery, bottling just 1,000 cases a year: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese (a Tuscan grape), Barbera (from the Piedmont region of Italy), and blush wines. All estate grown, produced, and bottled (ten acres with 5,000 vines). Tastings and tours by appointment.
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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
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
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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Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park
525 Esplanade • 530-895-6144 Call for Tour information.
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. 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 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 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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Bidwell Park • 530-896-7800 4th Street and Cypress Avenue www.chico.ca.us (click Park Dept.) Bidwell Park Map on page 80 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 has been designated as an official California 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
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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 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.
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 • Free Local Calls gorgeous cedar trees and is the home of • 27” TV, 60 the Park productions the Shakespeare inChannels & HBO • Pool 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, 3rd and Salem Streets.
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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
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Stansbury Home 307 West 5th St. • 530-891-0585 Special Tours: 530-343-6611 Sat & Sun 1-4 • Adults $4; Students $2, Under 10 Free
3/1 Ladysmith Black Mambazo 3/7 Nellie McKay Band 3/14 Playing for Change 3/23 Dervish 3/27 Branford Marsalis 4/6 & 7 Keeping Dance Alive! 4/11 Harlem Gospel Choir 4/12 Dave Eggers: Zeitoun Book In Common 4/27 Yo-Yo Ma & O with Kathryn Stott U T SOLD The Assad Brothers 5/9 Riders in the Sky 5/16 Annie Jr. Theater Playhouse Youth
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.
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Blue Room Theatre 139 West First St. (upstairs) 530-895-3749 www.blueroomtheatre.com Chico Cabaret 530-895-0245 www.ChicoCabaret.com Chico Theatre Company 166 Eaton Rd. 530-894-2CTC • Thurs.-Sat. www.chicotheatrecompany.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 Cabaret was founded by Phil and Sue Ruttenburg and has developed an excellent reputation for bringing well-produced musicals, comedies and award-winning dramas to the community. Chico Cabaret has been voted “Best Performing Arts Company” by CN&R readers. The Cabaret now features performances from time to time. Check their website for current info. 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 non-musical. Laxson Auditorium celebrated her 75th birthday in 2006. 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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Chico Museum 141 Salem Street • 530-891-4336 www.chicomuseum.org Hours: Wed-Sun, Noon-4 p.m. Free Admission, donations accepted
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Patrick Ranch 10381 The Midway • 530-342-4359 www.patrickranchmuseum.org www.farwestheritage.org • 892-1525 Hours: By appointment Free Admission, donations accepted You can’t be too sure of what you’ll find at the Chico Museum, in this distinctive old 1904 Carnegie Library building, since the museum offers both permanent and rotating exhibits, but one thing that’s certain is that it’s always interesting. On permanent display are artifacts from Chico’s Chinese Temple, 19th century musical instruments, and other historical artifacts and photos of Chico and the surrounding area. Lectures, slide shows, and seminars are offered.
Call for a calendar and newsletter. The 28-acre Patrick Ranch is Chico’s newest historical attraction, reflecting the agricultural, cultural, social, and economic history of the North Sacramento Valley. Annual 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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10381 Midway, Chico $3 Admission
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Honey Run Quilters
A True Chico Destination
Come visit our modern fabrics We carry beautiful cottons, dupioni silks, cotton and silk blends, linens, velveteens and a large selection of cozy and contemporary wools and felted wools along with a wide selection of quilt, clothing and bag patterns. Introducing Kwik Sew Patterns Come on in and meet our happy and energetic staff! See you soon!
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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 and features glass blowing demonstrations. The studio also carries a large variety of works by other artists from across the nation. This provides works for every taste and budget.
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Honey Run Quilters 1230 Esplanade • 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
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There are lots of ways to be creative, even if you think you aren’t! Knitting, quilting, scrapbooking and beading are choices in which many people find that they do have a creative bone or two in their body. At Honey Run Quilters, you’ll find rooms full of fabric 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.
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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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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 especially the handmade lampworked 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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National Yo-Yo Museum Inside Bird in Hand 320 Broadway • 530-893-0545 www.nationalyoyo.org Open 7 Days a Week Free Admission
Downtown Chico, 345-4880 Clark Road Paradise, 872-0812
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. 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 Yo-Yo Contest on the first Saturday of October. Players earn their way to the finals by qualifying in nationwide contests held throughout the country. This exhibit is a fascinating look at the childhood we all have in common.
The National Yo-Yo Contest will be held from 9-5 in City Plaza on October 6.
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AVL Looms & Weaving School 3851 Morrow Ln. 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 70 countries and are recognized for their high quality and innovative
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design. Guided tours of their 22,000 sq.ft. 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.
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Chico Art Center 450 Orange St. 530-895-8726 Hours: Wed. - Sun., Noon-4 p.m. www.chicoartcenter.com The Chico Art Center is the largest arts organization in Butte County and has been around for almost 50 years. Boasting a gallery, classroom facilities, a large membership base, and its own vintage rail car, the art center has much to offer.
450 Orange St 530-895-8726 Supported in part by the City of Chico
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Look for representatives at the Taste of Chico, Chico World Music Festival, and Art in the Park. Be sure to check out the annual Open Studios Art Tour in the Fall; member artists throughout Butte County open their studios to the public for a two weekend art extravaganza. Visit the website listed at the top for updates on what’s happening in the Chico art scene.
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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. Pugh’s mid-1970s trompe l’oeil mural of a crumbled wall with Greek columns holding up the ceiling inside continues to startle viewers, and 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
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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 fond of the double-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 Third & Salem, and while you’re there, check out the Salem Street Art Walls. They’re cast fiberglass and mixed media collages of local history, culture, and
nature. Gorgeous! Then go on your own mural treasure hunt and choose your favorite!
AicoraGems “Jewerly Box” Gallery 1334 Mangrove Ave (by Scott Teeple) Greek Columns (by John Pugh) Taylor Hall, E. 1st St. at Salem 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
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Collier Hardware 105 Broadway 530-342-0195 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!
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hole miniature golf course, which 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!
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 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-
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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).
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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 beermaking 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 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.
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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 530-969-7484 Track: 530-891-6535 www.silverdollarfair.org 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 pro-family 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 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. or
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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
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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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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.
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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 Opened in 2005, the Chico Air Museum, has both an outdoor display area 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 Lockheed “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 2010 was held at the Chico Municipal Airport. Chico was
the only city in northern California to host a Jet team in 2010, and Chico’s next air show will be in 2012. This is the place to be to see jets galore and more!! Highlighting the 2010 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 2010 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 530230-1652. 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 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-todate information about this exciting Chico landmark.
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Kiwanis Chico Community Observatory & Planetarium Upper Bidwell Park near Horseshoe Lake parking lot • 530-879-0207, 530-513-0135 www.chicoobservatory.com Fun Zone & Pizza 966 East Ave. • 530-894-0400 Farm Sanctuary Hwy. 32, 19080 Newville Rd., Orland • 530-865-4617 Open to visitors April 1-Nov. 30 E-mail: email@example.com 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. 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 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. 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. Fun Zone & Pizza has video games and other high-tech stuff that today’s young adults as well as kids seem to revel in, plus kiddie rides for the wee tots. They also have birthday party packages for a minimum of six children. 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.
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121 W. 3rd Street, Downtown Chico
Sweet treats for all. Over 5,000 items: gelato, handmade chocolates, nostalgic toys, candy and sodas!
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Shubert’s 178 E. 7th St. • 530-342-7163 www.shuberts.com Powell’s Sweet Shoppe 121 W. 3rd St. • 530-332-9866 Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe 130 Main St. • 530-895-3866 www.upercrustchico.com At Shubert’s, Chico’s oldest ice cream and candy store,
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 10PM
“We make our own”... Over 73 Years
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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 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.
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 custom-
dyed 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 the shining jewel of downtown Chico!
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Diamond W Western Wear 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)
World Famous Iced Teas
11:30 till 2am Tues-Sat
Kitchen Hours 11:30 till 9pm Tues-Sat
177 East Second Street, Chico | 530.895.8817
All Burgers regularly $7.93 | Burger of the Day only $6.67!
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Over 29,000 sq. ft. of Quality Antiques • Collectibles • Gifts
North Valley’s Largest
“Where the North Valley Shops for Antiques”
Oak & Victorian Furniture • Jewelry • Toys • Books • Persian Rugs • Glassware • Lighting • Linens • Pottery Open 7 Days a Week, 745 Main St. • (530) 893-5534
9,000 Sq. Ft. of Quality Antiques
Open Tues. - Sun. 1900 Park Ave. (530) 893-5536
FINE ANTIQUES JEWELRY, FURNITURE & COLLECTIBLES
164 East 3rd Street
Denise Van Patten Dolls
530-898-9400 • 530-864-0242 www.katherinescottage.com www.rubylane.com/shop/kathrinescottage Buy & Sell ﬁne antique & vintage dolls. See the museum-quality display of dolls from all eras. By appt.: 100’s of antique & vintage dolls & toys.
3. Orange St. Consignments
514 Orange St. • 530-899-7064 Thurs.-Sun. 11-5 18,000 sq. ft. of things you never knew you needed. Antiques, Collectibles, 2nd-time around furniture, Decorator items, Glassware, Vintage Clothes, White Elephants
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164 E. Third St. 530-342-6764 • Tues.-Sat. 10-5 Fine Antique Jewelry & Furniture, Silver, Glass, Clocks, & Estate Buy & Sell In Downtown Chico Since 1973
1900 Park Ave. • 530-893-5536 Open Daily. 9,000 Sq. Ft. of Quality Antiques. Furniture, Glassware, Vintage Jewelry, Vintage Country, Collectibles, Display Showcases
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745 Main St. • 530-893-5534 Mon.-Fri. 11-5 • Sat. 10-5 • Sun 12-4 North Valley’s Largest - 25,000 sq. ft. American Oak & Victorian furniture. Toys, Books, Textiles, Glassware, Collectibles, Lighting, Country Antiques
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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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 mosaic-pillared 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
A 20042005 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!
Mid Valley Title and Escrow Company
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 (3rd & Salem).
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220 West 4th Street Downtown Chico (530) 893-3100
one of ounds in Small Art Ab 0 Best the “10 in America” s Art Town
We could write a book about the artistic talent and galleries in this town, honored repeatedly as one of “100 Best Small Art Towns in America.” ARTabout is a new venue where
Original Paintings Art Antiques Jewelry
By Local & Regional Artists
Tuesday-Saturday 11-4 or by appt. Closed Sunday & Monday
Sally Dimas, “Yellow Beauty” - Sally Dimas Art Gallery
493 East Ave. Ste. 1, Chico, CA 530.345.3063
local galleries, studios, nightclubs, restaurants, and coffeehouses open their doors the second Friday of each month from 4-8 p.m. This is done by neighborhoods, so the galleries, etc. will vary month to month. Because locations vary, for an up-to-date listing and map, check the local newspapers when you have time to enjoy this fun event or visit www.chivaa.org
ChiVAA (Chico Visual Arts Alliance) is presenting its second annual Springtime Art Fiesta at the Matador Motel, 1934 The Esplanade, FridaySunday, May 11-13. Ths is a fun-filled family-friendly exposition of local visual art, gathered in one location and enriched by artist demos, music, dance, food, and drink. The Fiesta is a celebration of our cultural and architectural historic Chico heritage and especially of the Uptown (Chico Vecino) northern end of what John and Annie Bidwell envisioned as Chico. For more information, please call 518-4536 or go to www.chivaa.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 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.
AicoraGems “Jewelry Box” Gallery 1334 Mangrove, 530-809-1034 All Fired Up Ceramic Art Center 830 Broadway, 530-894-5227 www.allfiredupchico.com 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 www.chicoartschool.com Chico Paper Co. Fine Art Gallery & Framing 345 Broadway, 530-891-0900 www.chicopapercompany.com Healing Art Gallery 265 Cohasset Rd. (Enloe Cancer Center), 530-332-3855 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
"Clothesline, Lucca, Italy" by Elizabeth Shepherd - Vagabond Rose
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 work here. Many have received national and international acclaim, including
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Jake Early, Chico Paper Co.
Janet Turner, Salvatore Casa, and Kenneth Parker. Fine art is displayed amidst quality crafts and collectibles. Art etc. etc. etc. has been in town, centrally located between Main and Broadway on 3rd, for 33 years and has had artist-owners for the past few. Especially unique about the shop is that the entire staff are artists (paper, oil, watercolor). The shop is popular with local artists because all of the framing work is done in the store. Ellen Heise, Chico 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 more than 40 years, is owned by a unique husband-wife team. She has a masters degree in fine arts, and he has been a framer for 29 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 prints, handblown glass, posters and bonsai. The gallery focuses largely on representing Paper Co. 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 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,
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honored with a Mayor’s Award for excellence in the arts, as well as a Turner Prize for its exceptional 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 is a professional artists’ guild. Members, art. who make major decisions collectively, There is a new always have representative work on art endeavor display, and once yearly are the “featured centrally located artist” in the gallery. Avenue 9 art guild in downtown also offers group shows such as “Chico Chico, upstairs Icons” that are open to other artists, at 336 Broadway. collaborates with advanced students and Chico Art faculty from California State University, School & Chico and Butte College, and co-hosts Gallery focuses the Pacific Flyways Uptown-Downtown on painting art exhibition, as part of the Snow Goose and drawing Festival. Avenue 9 continues to organize instruction with plein air “Paint Outs” calling attention an emphasis to the natural and built treasures of on fun. Artist our local environment, and in the and owner, Janet summer offers free demonstrations and Lombardi Blixt, teaches children ages opportunities to make art in 7+ and adults. Unique Jewelry Free Museum Oils, watercolor, acrylic the studio. The gallery has been
and pastel mediums are taught in a small class setting offering individual instruction. 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
Valerie Payne,“Bidwell Mansion” - Avenue 9 Gallery
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 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 world-renowned 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
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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 artist 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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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 Chambers Harvest Shop 629 Entler Ave. • 530-345-1710 www.CaliforniaHarvestShop.com Hrs: Mon.-Fri., 8-5, Sat. 9-4 Golden West Nuts Harvest Shop 3767 Hegan Lane • 530-345-3352 Mooney Farms 1220 Fortress St. • 530-899-2661 www.mooneyfarms.com TJ Farms 3600 Chico Avenue • 530-343-2294 www.tjfarmsestates.com
you could possibly think of. Nibble at their tasting bar and view their beautifully made gift 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
Photo by Jason Bertagna
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 prepares beef, lamb, and pork is known for its large assortment of recipes, sausages and jerky. The best thing about going in February to Golden West Nuts Harvest Shop, after you’ve sampled the goods, is looking at the beautiful almond orchards in bloom across from the shop. The grand and glorious blooming almond orchards are the first signs of spring in the area. Chambers Harvest Shop is the one stop for locally
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
Made locally, shipped worldwide!
Natural • Chocolate • Roasted/Flavored
Tasting Bar op
Open M-F 9-5:30, Sat. 10-4:30
Gift Baskets Confections Gourmet Pies Body & Bath Houseware Gemstone Jewelry Local Products
1324 Dayton Road • Chico
Just a “Country Mile” from Downtown Chico
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produced olive oils, jams, rice, honey, sun-dried tomato products, not to mention local wines. Specializing in Butte County’s almonds, walnuts, pistachios and pecans. Large selection of candy almonds and dried fruits. Whether a purchase for yourself, a thank you gift or holiday gift basket, we have something for everyone. Buy local–buy fresh!
Mooney Farms have been offering the world’s most complete line of sun dried tomato products for generations. Familyowned 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. 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 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.
Basque Style Dinners Steaks • Lamb • Seafood BBQ Ribs • Chicken
Wednesday - Sunday Open at 5:00 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday
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Family Owned & Operated Since 1975
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.
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3355 ESPLANADE • CHICO • 530-891-5204
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 Avenue, a block off E. 20th Street Hooker Oak Recreation Area Corner of Manzanita and Hooker Oak Avenues Chico Skate Park 359 Humboldt Ave. at Flume Info: 530-895-4972
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DeGarmo Park Esplanade & Eaton Road 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 of what a whopper it was.
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.
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.
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.
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CSUC’s Gateway Science Museum — Exploring the Natural History of Northern California
Current Spring 2012 Exhibits
Create the soundtrack for a science fiction film, generate intricate designs in sand without ever touching the sand, and learn to play the pipe organ. These are just a few of the activities you will discover with Noise, which explores the science of sound, music and hearing. Explore interactive hands-on stations, including: Scream Chamber: enter a soundproof booth and scream as loudly as you possibly can. A meter outside the booth indicates the decibel level of your scream and a video monitor allows visitors to watch as you scream to your heart’s content. Sound Track: first, you’ll watch a series of video clips without sound on a TV monitor. Then, select background music themes and observe how each musical theme influences the “feel” of the video sequences. Hearing Test/ Pitch Match: test the frequency range of your hearing with the hearing test. Then, use Pitch Match to challenge your tonal memory by matching a tone you’ll hear to a tone you’ll create using a dial control. Now ‘Ear This: explore a model of the human ear and learn how sound waves travel through these two important parts of your body. Good Vibrations: manipulate frequency and amplitude controls to generate sound waves through an acrylic tube filled with Styrofoam beads. The vibrations set up a variety of standing wave patterns. Wrench Ball: it’s a large exercise ball turned musical instrument. Strike the wrenches connected to the ball to create different tones, much like a xylophone. Noise is produced by ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum in Ashland, OR and will be on display at Gateway Science Museum in the Newberry Gallery through April of 2012.
cam mechanism turn him loose. The Magic Behind the Silver Screen: Ever wonder how an Etch A Sketch® works? Examine the toy’s inner-workings to discover how pulleys and wires guide the drawing tip. Big Pulley, Little Pulley: Creative crazy optical illusions by connecting pulleys. Movable pulleys allow endless combinations and encourage discoveries about the relationship between pulley size and speed. Circuit Wall: This area of the exhibit keeps you current with the basics of circuits, switches, and circuit boards. Challenge yourself to keep a circuit open as you move a ring along an angled rod. Now you know why it takes a steady hand to win at the classic game Operation®. Gears at Play: Movable gears on a big table can set all sorts of magical things in motion. Can you figure out how to use different sized gears to make the twirling ballerinas spin as fast as possible? Toys: The Inside Story was created by the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT and is funded in part by the National Science Foundation.
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If your parents never let you break open your Etch A Sketch® to find out how it works, or if you’ve been wondering how to stop your toddler’s push toy from making such an infernal racket, you’ll love Toys: The Inside Story. Toys includes 12 hands-on stations illustrating the simple mechanisms commonly found in toys, and lets visitors create their own toy-like combinations of gears, pulleys, linkages, cams, and circuits. With this exhibit you’ll discover: What’s Inside Jackin-the-Box? What makes Jack jump out of his box? Turn the crank on a real Jack-in-the-Box and watch live by video-cam as the worm gear and
A variety of subjects in the natural world are explored in this collection through the unique perspective of photographs taken zoomed in at high magnification. Photographs provide a truly “up close and personal” view of flowers, leaves and a host of other specimens that will keep you guessing. Larger than Life is produced by ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum in Ashland, OR and will be on display at Gateway Science Museum in the Valley Gallery from January through April 2012. Ongoing Exhibits include Outdoor Ecoregions, Ice Age Skeletons & River Voices. The museum is located at 625 Esplanade (next to Bidwell Mansion). Their hours are WednesdayFriday Noon-5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Their phone number is 530-898-4121.
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Chico Velo Cycling Club 530-343-8356 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 folks bicycle because they simply love it. 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.
of Park Avenue. In addition to being a nice ride on a paved surface, it features 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. 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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The Chico Chamber of Commerce has several Self-Guided Tour brochures available for the asking at their office on Salem at Third. The tours are fun and educational, as well. • Historic Downtown Walking Tour • Spring Blossom Tour • Sierra Oro Farm Trail Tour • Buy Fresh Buy Local
Downtown Chico Events
Certified Farmers’ Market Every Sat. Year-Round Thurs. Night Market Every Thurs. Apr.-Sept. Chico Artisan’s Faire May 5-6 Friday Night Concerts Every Fri. May 18-Sept. 7 A Slice of Chico July 14 A Taste of Chico Sept. 9
DCBA info, 345-6500 • www.downtownchico.net
• 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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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 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
USDA, Genetic Resource Center 2741 Cramer Lane • 530-895-1176 Covered Bridge Gardens, National Daylily Display 1821 Honey Run Rd. • 530-342-6661 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 also to view migrating birds. I think Autumn is 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
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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. 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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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!
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Bidwell-Sac. River State Park 12105 River Road • 530-342-5185 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
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 six miles to Durham. From mid-February to mid-March, 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). 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.
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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 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! 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.
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
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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 one-room 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 creek, a barbecue pit and a picnic area.
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Iris Spring 122 Valley View Drive, Paradise, CA 95969 530-872-7771 Seven hundred varieties of tall, bearded iris—every color of the rainbow, plus black and bi colors—can be seen at Iris Spring. This award-winning garden features a year-round stream, tall trees and seating areas to enjoy the picturesque setting. The peak bloom at this lovely hobby garden is around Mother’s Day. Also featured here are three dozen peonies. This is proof that it is possible to garden with beautiful deer-resistant plants in spite of a deer herd numbering 28 or more.
Gold Nugget Museum 502 Pearson Rd. • 530-872-8722 www.goldnuggetmuseum.com Hours: Wed-Sun Noon-4 If you want to learn more of
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Paradise Pines Golf Course 13917 South Park Dr., Magalia 530-873-1111 9 Holes, 5,200 yards, Par 68 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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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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Paradise Parks & Recreation 6626 Skyway • 530-872-6393 www.paradiseprpd.com 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 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.
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 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 nonprofit agency that serves adults with developmental disabilities, and all profits go to support 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. 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
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“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.
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.
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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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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 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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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 Road just past De Sabla Reservoir. The trailhead is on the left just after you cross the bridge. Spectacular!
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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
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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.
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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 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 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!
The Fourth Annual Beneﬁt for Northern California Ballet will feature
Art • Music Cocktails • Food Live Auction
Art-in-the-Barn Art Show & Sale 4 No-Host Bars including "Martini Island" "The Bob Aranguren Jazz Trio" & Dancing to "The Alternators"
For tickets and show information call: (530) 228-0941 or on-line at chapelledelartiste.com or northerncaliforniaballet.com
Chapelle de L'Artiste
3300 Inspiration Lane, Paradise
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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.
Pie Eating Contest
A Bit of Paradise History
Chocolate Queen Coronation
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 OrovilleSusanville Road near Magalia. Neal Road was originally a cattle road and later served the Durham-Chico 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!
May 11, 12 & 19 2012
May 11 ~ An Evening of Wine & Chocolate
Chocolate & Wine Pairing, Specialty Beer Tasing, Auction & Entertainment!
May 12 ~ 7 Annual Paradise Chocolate Fest
Chocolate Chase, Chocolate Royale King or Queen Coronation Celebration, Chocolate Cuisine Challenge, “Choc-Full of Fiber!” Textile Art Show & Chocolate Pancake Breakfast
May 19 ~ Chocolate Thunder Motorcycle Run
Motorcycle Run & BBQ
www.chocolatefest.us or 342-4896
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A BETTER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT FOR YOU
• 18 private rooms • An isolation room for patients with infectious diseases • A decontamination room • • • • Immediate access to cutting-edge imaging services ices A beautiful new entrance to the hospital A spacious lobby and waiting room m A family consultation room
5974 Pentz Road • Paradise, CA 95969 www.frhosp.org
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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
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,
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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Butte County Fairgrounds 199 East Hazel St. • 530-8463626 These 36 tree-shaded acres are home to the Butte County Fair every August, a fair that is known as one of the most outstanding examples of an oldfashioned county fair in the state. Flower, food, 4-H, & craft exhibits, livestock judging, country music, carnival, destruction derby, rodeo, and much more are at the fair. The fairgrounds also hosts dog shows, car shows, and RV rallys during the year. So, hi ho, why don’t you grab your family and come to ‘em all!
California Watchable Wildlife site. Year round you may observe several species of resident waterfowl, as well as a vast number CALIFORNIA of migratory passerines WATCHABLE and shore birds. Many W I L D L I F E 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.
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 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.
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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
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.
Hwy 99 at Spruce in Gridley
Dr. Nikom Udom
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MEDICAL SPECIALTY CENTER
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Appointments & Walk-In’s Welcome
284 SPRUCE ST · GRIDLEY
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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.
QUICK RESOURCES Chambers of Commerce
Chico: 3rd & Salem 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
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 LivingWitness Tree Program reflects a longterm commitment by local tree care professionals who provide life-time care. Co-sponsors 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
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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!
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: Durham: Gridley: Oroville: Paradise: 545 Vallombrosa, 530-895-4711 www.chicorec.com 9447 Midway, 530-345-1921 www.durhamrec.com 685 Kentucky, 530-846-3264 www.gridley.ca.us 1875 Feather River Blvd., 530-533-2011 · www.frrpd.com 6626 Skyway 530-872-6393 www.paradiseprpd.com
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 turnof-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.
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