Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
To kick off National Fishing Week, the city of Chico will be welcoming kids to an outstanding free "Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs"** event. It is one of the largest single-day children's fishing events in the entire United States!
Kids 14 and under are invited to come to Horseshoe Lake in Upper Bidwell Park from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 22, for a chance at the 8,000 pounds of channel catfish that will be planted for the event. Admission is FREE, along with all tackle, bait and instruction [limit 1 fish per child]. Kids can even have their catfish cleaned for free.
Since this is a "kids only" lake, no fishing license is required for anglers under 16. Expert local anglers will be on hand as coaches. There will be a separate area for the littlest anglers, age 1 to 5.
There will be plenty of rods and reels available to use free, but all are encouraged to bring their own. Bring your favorite "secret" catfish bait, but please, no lead sinkers at Horseshoe Lake.
With all that help and all those fish, it will be the closest thing to a guaranteed "first fish" for the little ones. To donate, volunteer, or for more information, call 530-891-4757. A great time is sure to be had by all!
** "Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs" is a program of the American Sportfishing Association
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Lean how to stretch your dollar at OPT for Fit Kids' budgeting class on January 21ist at 6pm. This class emphasizes healthy options and is offered free of charge to those families who currently receive food stamps, are enrolled in the free and reduced school lunch programs, are WIC participants, or receive commodities. At the end of the class, participating families will receive a free food basket of wholesome foods. A recipe, Quinoa Salad, will be demonstrated along with a sample of locally grown produce. Classes on how to Eat Right When Money is Tight are held once a month from 6-7pm at OPT for Fit Kids located at 1311 Mangrove Ave, Ste. B. For more information call 345-0678. Child care is available with reservations.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
"Ready, Set, Bag!", an entertaining, family friendly documentary about the folks who train for and compete in the National Grocery Bagging Competition, is coming to Chico on Thursday nights in January. Screenings are 5:30pm on Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21, and Jan 28 at the Pageant Theater. All screenings benefit the CAA Butte County Food Bank with $1 going to the foodbank for every ticket sold thanks to ChicoBag. And everyone also gets $1 off of the ticket price if they donate two or more cans of food or other nonperishable food items, also thanks to ChicoBag. Q/A session with Director and Producer follow all screenings. More info about the film can be found at http://www.readysetbag.com .
Monday, December 21, 2009
Celebrating the Winter Waterfowl Migration at the 11th Annual Snow Goose Festival in Chico, January 28 – 31. 2010
The 11th Annual Snow Goose Festival in Chico, January 28 – 31, 2010, will again celebrate the spectacular winter waterfowl migration in the North Sacramento Valley. Millions of geese, ducks, swans and other birds arrive here from as far away as the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada, and Siberia, making the Sacramento Valley the most important wintering area along the great Pacific Flyway. The Festival tells the story in live action with over 50 field trips and workshops that range out into six counties. The field trips spread out from the Chico Masonic Family Center in Chico into the rice fields, wildlife refuges and river walks where mild winter weather, abundant food and lots of water draw the avian arrivals.
This waterfowl story is an old one. Geese, swans, ducks and sandhill cranes have been spending their winters in the Sacramento Valley for thousands of years. Waterfowl and shorebirds migrate south on all the U.S. flyways, but on other routes cold weather keeps them on the move. Here in the Sacramento Valley mild winters allow the birds to stay in one area, creating a viewing opportunity nowhere else available.
And the Snow Goose Festival is the perfect way to explore this natural wonder. Many local wildlife naturalists will be leading field trips to educate participants about our winter neighbors. In rice fields and on refuges, birding experts will explain how to pick out a swan from a goose from a duck. Other field trip leaders will track sand hill cranes, the largest of our waterfowl visitors who are famous for their territorial dance. Some trips are scheduled around fly-offs when thousands of snow geese take off in unison as they move to a new feeding. Observers are thrilled to the overhead sounds of a million honking ducks and geese. Festival trip leaders have scouted out the very best sites to see all the action.
The Festival also takes this opportunity to build a complete picture of the rich diversity of plant and animal life in the North Sacramento Valley. There are an amazing variety of programs on wildlife and habitats in addition to rice fields and refuges. Festival field trips also go to vernal pools, the seasonal home of rare plants and animals, a grassland savannah searching for raptors, a nature preserve to band saw-whet owls and even the scenic Sutter Buttes to hike in search of resident wildlife. Some of the new Field trips offered this year include “Kayaking on the Thermalito Afterbay”, Digiscoping”, “Cranes, Swans and Egrets” and Beginning Birding By Ear”
The Snow Goose Spectacle may be the Festival drawing card but the depth and breadth of nature experiences provide a rich and diverse program. Workshops teach about nature photography, beginning birding, birds of your backyard, watchable wildlife, wood ducks, decoy duck carving and much more. There are many free nature activities for children, and armchair adventures for the less hardy. Free wildlife art exhibits and fascinating nature displays offer something for everyone.
Other highlights of the Festival include a Friday night Wildlife Art Exhibit and Uptown/Downtown Reception with free trolley ride between the two hosting galleries. The “Gathering of Wings Banquet” on Saturday night will feature keynote speaker Stephen Shunk – well-know birder and woodpecker specialist, talking on “Birding Through the Veil of Winter.”
All Festival events are affordably priced and for out-of-towners, local hotels are offering special rates.
For more detailed information, a schedule or to make reservations call 530 345-1865 or visit the Festival’s website at www.snowgoosefestival.org.
Snow Goose Festival
Chico, CA 95927
Monday, October 5, 2009
An innovative hands-on Workshop teaching all about this unique new show & how to integrate Science into your child’s everyday life!
Have you ever wondered how many legs a Rolly Polly has?
Or why incline planes can be a great tool?
This show teaches children ages 3-6 how to explore their world while learning how to become a scientist like Sid!
Participants will receive a free Sid the Scientist Kit complete with DVD of the show, and other Science Tools.
Workshop Date: Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 2009
Location: Hearthstone School
2491 Carmichael Drive, Suite 500 , Chico
There is no cost to attend this workshop