My Town - Mary Forbes
● By Enjoy Magazine
Mary Forbes — Retired Teacher
Photo by Melinda Hunter
How do I see my town:
Redding has been my home for the better part of my adult life and I love it. I was welcomed here in 1963 by the Redding Newcomers and Friends Club, which is still going strong and welcoming any and all who live here. I have left the area a couple of times only to return and feel welcomed again. How fortunate we are to live in this beautiful place full of mountains and streams and lakes. I am grateful that my children and grandchildren were able to learn to snow ski and water ski so close to home and attend good schools and college classes.
There is a wealth of talent in the Redding area. We have theater groups that provide outstanding productions for the entire community to enjoy. I have been involved with Riverfront Playhouse for many years and have watched many aspiring actors develop their skills and learn the many aspects of live theater. I am a strong proponent of the importance of music education and it makes my heart happy that our high schools all have strong music programs. Redding’s residents should be commended for making sure those programs retain their importance.
I feel blessed to live in such a giving community. The local businesses are exceptional in their willingness to help with the various fundraising events held by the many nonprofit organizations in the Redding area, all of which are working to improve our community in some way. I have the utmost respect for the many outstanding people I have met while working with these groups.
My life has been enhanced by the generous people in our community. I have been nurtured through various traumas in my life by the caring people who make up our town. When my daughter was killed in 1985, I established a memorial scholarship in her memory. When that word went out, the checks flowed in and we were then able to award scholarships to 40 deserving Shasta High School students over a 20-year period. I will forever be grateful to this town and the wonderful people who live here.