“Choose well,” calls a student from across the grocery store aisle. “Oh, yeah!” resounds the reply of Mister Brown, who recognizes the youngster from one of many schools he visits in the North State. More than a motivational speaker, Mister Brown (Mister is his legal first name) has developed a style of interacting with young people from kindergarten through college that encourages them to consider how their choices will affect their future. “Making life better through the power of choices” is his motto and the heart of every message.
You often hear folks in the North State marvel how kind and supportive this area is to veterans. We are home to the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, Redding’s VA medical clinic and the brand new veterans home opening Oct. 25. Redding also contains a hidden gem just south of the Redding Municipal Airport: the Northern California Veterans Museum and Heritage Center.
Will has always taken his passions seriously, from breeding tarantulas for sale as a high school student—“a hobby that paid for itself”—to his current seasonal business of rattlesnake relocation and aversion training for dogs. “Basically, I train dogs to stay away from rattlesnakes so they don’t get bit,” says Will, 22.
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.
Josh Cuthbertson walked out of Montana State University with a master’s degree in architecture and right into an economy that had collapsed like a skyscraper built on sand.
A mere two years earlier, in 2006, Cuthbertson’s professors were rhapsodizing about the opportunities awaiting students in the five-year competitive program, saying the prospects to reshape the world were unparalleled.
CLOSE YOUR EYES in Weaverville’s New York Saloon, and you may find your mind wandering back to a time when stagecoaches rumbled through this Gold Rush town. Open them back up and you’ll find yourself in the company of down-to-earth, unpretentious folks who live by the motto, “You’re only a stranger here once.”
There is an old adage that says in spite of what we face in life, how we respond matters most in the end. Georgia Alvarez put this philosophy into action by establishing “Wings of Eagles,” The Joseph Alvarez Organization for Seriously Ill Children, after her young son lost his battle with a rare form of leukemia in 1991.
Imagine a refrigerator that tracks expiration dates, prompts grocery list items and suggests recipes based on contents. When three recently graduated Shasta High School students presented this innovative idea, their brainchild proved enough to win the top prize in the annual Youth Entrepreneurship Project Business Concept and Elevator Pitch Competition in March.
They shake, they spin, they dance. They do it in our blistering heat, and shake it in the rain and snow. They are our Northern California sign shakers and they put it on the line for the businesses they represent every day on the busy streets of Redding. They are not getting wealthy, but I found out they all enjoy the work they do. I admire them for doing the work most people would never consider.
The accessories displayed on the hot pink and zebra-print tablecloths are cute, fun and fashionable. But if you mess with one of the ladies who’s got one in her hand, you’re going down.
Damsel in Defense is modeled after the in-home kitchen and jewelry parties that have been popular for years, but the products pack a punch. With the mission of equipping, empowering and educating women, Damsel Pros host parties all over the country to sell products including stun guns, pepper sprays, alarms and more.