Since its inauguration in Redding four years ago, the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer annual fundraising walk has taken place in August, overshadowed by its wildly popular sister event, Relay For Life.
Many years ago, on the steps of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., one man shared his vision for a world in which people of all colors could live together in peace. August 28, 2013, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the historic March on Washington. Half a century after this riveting moment in time, King’s words still echo in people’s souls.
The western way of life continues to weave its threads through the warp and woof of the North State. Though cowboys so often get the most attention during rodeo season, the contributions of female performers, competitors, stock handlers and support volunteers are as spectacular and essential as their male counterparts. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, Texas, describes western women as “the pioneers and trailblazers, the artists and writers, the entertainers, the ranchers and rodeo cowgirls.”
The carillon rings out the hour with clear precision, followed by “America,” an anthem to the freedom so valiantly preserved by the soldiers interred at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery. On an isolated knoll in the foothills southeast of the Trinity Alps with mountains rising in the distance on three sides in tribute, the cemetery is more than a resting place for veterans; it is a memorial shrine for people to remember, meditate and celebrate lives lived and lost for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Story: Irene Castro
Upcountry Gardens in Shingletown
The entrance of Upcountry Gardens evolves and blossoms as the season changes. In the display areas, the gardens are living demonstrations of how trees, shrubs and plants can be used in the local environment.
Story: Gary VanDeWalker
The Siskiyou County Museum
Mike Hendryx builds time machines transporting people into the past. From the Native American salmon nets poised over raging waters to the quiet parlor games of pioneer women, his creations introduce guests to the experience of times once hidden away in boxes in attics, bringing them to life for all who will join the adventure. For more than 20 years, Hendryx has guided people into the richness of history as the curator of the Siskiyou County Museum.
Story: Erik Anderson
77th Annual Shingletown Star Party
In the heart of the vacationers’ paradise of Northern California, the charming community of Shingletown enjoys an unrivaled proximity to the heavens. Even its street signs betray hints of celestial intimacy, with avenues such as Starlight Pines Road, Constellation Drive and Meteorite Way. And once every summer, an abandoned airstrip at a 4,000-foot elevation is transformed into Astronomy Street, USA – the address of destination for hundreds of amateur astronomers who converge here each year to participate in the Shingletown Star Party.
Story: Kerri Regan
Redding's 2nd Saturday Art Hop
While browsing for a fabulous new pair of shoes in a quaint downtown boutique, a local artisan’s jewelry display catches your eye. A few blocks down at a toy shop, you stop to watch a troupe of street performers. Across the street, as you check out the latest digital camera technology, you’re captivated by a photography exhibit.
Driving on I-5, it catches you unawares: The sight of our huge American flag flying high over the land. In these moments, you share the pride that patriots have felt since Betsy Ross sewed the Stars and Stripes.
Don Murphy’s voice makes customers want to eat ice cream. Across the marble counter, his words resonate as he makes eye contact with a young boy to ask, “Scott, what can I get you today?” Every scoop of ice cream is a show of fluid movement as the man’s hands bring the treat from the fountain to the waiting fingers of his young customers. The line stretches back to the door, with children just released from a day at school.