101 Things To Do http://www.101thingstodo.net Butte County, California Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:40:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 An Antiquers Paradise http://www.101thingstodo.net/paradise-ca/paradise-itineraries/an-antiquers-paradise/ http://www.101thingstodo.net/paradise-ca/paradise-itineraries/an-antiquers-paradise/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:12:54 +0000 http://www.101thingstodo.net/?p=11465 101 Things To Do
An Antiquers Paradise

Antiques and Collectables An antique or collectable is something old or something collectible and includes everything from furniture to coins, published materials and home decor. Whether you are looking for a bargain or trying to furnish your entire home, Paradise antique stores probably have what you are looking for even when you don’t know what that is until you see it. Because there are so many unique stores tucked away throughout Paradise, it can be an exciting, interesting and rewarding way to spend a day or two. Antiquing in Paradise can also be a great way to furnish your home in a vintage style, or find just the right piece for that special spot or corner you’ve been trying to fill. While in the store strike up a conversation as you look around and don’t hesitate to ask if the store specializes in particular styles or types of antiques. Also ask if the proprietor belongs to any dealer associations or if he or she is a certified appraiser. The more knowledge and education the seller has, the more you will learn about the fascinating world of antiques. Maybe you have some antiques of your own. Now’s time to discuss them with the dealers. 1. Annaʼs Repurposed Furnishings 969 Bille Rd. – (530) 877-4889 Wed.- Sat. 11-5, Sun. 12-4 Collectibles, home decor, Used furniture, Fun vintage Items, bric a brac and more. Read More 2. Attic Treasures Mall 7409 Skyway – (530) 876-1541 Mon.- Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-5 10,000 Sq. Ft. of Shopping on Two Levels. Gifts, Antique Furniture, Over 35 Dealers. Read More 3. Aunt Mabelʼs General Store 35 Pearson Road – (530) 872-7783 Mon.- Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5 Buy & Sell Antiques, Fine Jewelry, Collectibles & Furniture Read More 4. Bobbiʼs Boutique 6181 Skyway – 876-0877 Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Wed.. 10-7, Clsd. Sun. Ladies Clothing and Accessories Read more 5. Deju Vu of Paradise 480 Pearson Rd. – 413-9648 Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-4, Vintage Antiques & Collectibles, many local dealers. Large garden area. Like us on Facebook Read more 6. Doveʼs Gypsy Heart Boutique 5905 Clark Rd. – (530) 872-2200 Mon.- Fri. 10-5:30, Sat. 10-4 Annie Soan Chalk Paint , Boutique clothing, jewelry & accessories. Home decor, Gifts and more. Read more 7. HeavenScent Candles 5878 Clark Rd. – (530) 877-2900 6177 Skyway – (530) 877-2909 Mon.- Fri. 10-5:30, Sat. 10-4 Gifts plus unique hand made candles created in house & specialty ornaments. Visit our newly opened 2nd location. Read more 8. House of Color 700 Fir St. – (530) 877-4637 Mon.- Fri. 10-4, Clsd. Sat. Sun. Preservation & Conservation, Picture Framing / Unique Matting Kachina Art Gallery & Prints, Art Supplies Read more 9. Jeannieʼs Consignment Buy – Sell – Consign 8672 Skyway – (530) 877-6650 www.jeanniesconsignment.com Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-4, Clsd. Wed. 8,000 sq. ft. of Wallet friendly treasures for your home. Housewares to Estates Antiques. Read more 10. Joy Lynsʼ Heavenly Candies 1183 Bille Rd. – (530) 872-9167 Open: Oct.-May Mon.- Sat. 10-5 Featuring over 60 handmade chocolates, candies, gift baskets & specialty items. Visit us for a delicious sample. and watch candies being made through the viewing window. Read more 11. Paradise Crafts & Gift Shoppe 698 Fir St. – (530) 877-7826 www.paradisecraftsandgift.com Mon. – Fri. 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5 Local Crafters say theyʼre glad weʼre here! Read more 12. Skyway Antique Mall 6118 Skyway – (530) 877-6503 www.skywayantiquemall.com Mon.- Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5 Antiques & Collectibles, 24 Dealers, 8,000 sq. ft., Reproduction Hardware, Howardʼs Products. Read more 13. Skyway Blue Consignment & Collectibles ~A Repeat Performance~ 7529 Skyway – (530) 876 – 9059 www.skywayblue.com Tue. – Sat. 10-6 Skyway Blue is a shop with mostly antiques, artwork, retro, vinyl LPs and vintage items. Read more 14. Treasures From Paradise Mall 6051 Skyway – (530) 872-4200 Treasures6051@sbcglobal.net Mon.- Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-4 Antiques & Collectibles. Buy & Sell. We Have Over 25 Dealers & Over 10,000 Sq. Ft. on 2 Levels. Read more

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First Timer’s – Butte County http://www.101thingstodo.net/paradise-ca/paradise-itineraries/first-timers-butte-county-paradise/ http://www.101thingstodo.net/paradise-ca/paradise-itineraries/first-timers-butte-county-paradise/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:11:17 +0000 http://www.101thingstodo.net/?p=11507 101 Things To Do
First Timer’s – Butte County

Visiting Butte County for the first time can leave you wondering, “What should I do first?” Between the outdoor activities, museums, parks, shopping, spectacular dining, and all the scenery it almost seems impossible to see everything! Our goal is to help you hit the high points, and make sure you get the most out of your visit to Butte County. This itinerary will take you to several communities throughout Butte County. Check out one of our other itineraries if you prefer to stay in one community. If you’re ready to get a taste of all Butte County, lets get going. Morning Our first stop is going to be Satave Art Glass Studio at 2161 Park Ave. (530-893-0373). The doors open at 9:00 AM. Tours are available Tuesday through Thursday. Richard Satava opened his Using ancient techniques, Richard Satava, to creates beautiful art glass by combining technical skill and delicate artistry. Vivid colors and unique nature theme are his trade-mark. Passion is visible in his creations. From here we go to The Bidwell Mansion located at 525 Esplanade. The Mansion State Historic Park is a beautiful, three-story, 26 room Victorian House Museum that stands as a memorial to John and Annie Bidwell. When constructed, Bidwell Mansion featured the most modern plumbing, gas lighting and water systems. The overall style of the three-story brick structure is that of an Italian Villa. The Visitor Center is open Mon. 12-5 and Sat. & Sun. 11-5. Tours start at 12:00pm Monday and 11:00am on Saturday and Sunday. Lunch For lunch we are heading to the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company www.sierranevada.com located at 1075 E. 20th St., 530-893-3520. Here we also want to sign up for the 1:00 PM brewery tour. If you’ve never toured a brewery, you’re missing an interesting and informative experience. And this brewery produces award-winning beer known across the nation. Afternoon Let’s leave Chico and head for Oroville and the Chinese Temple built in 1863 to serve a community of 10,000 Chinese. Located at 1500 Broderick St (530-538-2496) it includes three chapels for each of the major ways of life in China. The main chapel is called Liet Sheng Kong-Temple of assorted deities. It is a place of prayer for various worships including Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. The Chan room is a Confucian room for reverence of ancestors. The Moon Temple, so called because of its entrance, is Wong Fat Tong – Hall of the Yellow Buddha. In 1968, Tapestry Hall was built to display the extensive collection of embroidered tapestries, parade parasols, puppets and other objects of beauty and value which characterize the best of Chinese folk art. All objects in everyday use by the common people of China were ornamented by symbols expressing the religious ideas of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. Not an idle pleasure garden, a Chinese garden is designed as a place for meditation and reflection, and is an expression of artistic ideas emerging from an intimate feeling for nature. All its parts are symbolic reminders of the religious principles that guide the search for The Way – Tao. To hear a narrative on this historic attraction, dial 530-539-3004 and press 101. We’ve seen a lot already today, but if time permits, we’ll head east on Montgomery Street following the Greenline all the way to Lake Oroville and the tallest earthen dam in the nation. Driving across the mile-long dam we can see out into the Sacramento Valley and across the main body of Lake Oroville. From here we are too close to the Lake Oroville Visitor Center not to stop in. The visitor center closes at 5:00 PM, but we can still climb the 47-foot high viewing tower for even more spectacular views of the lake, mountains and valley. Evening There is much more to see and do in Butte County, but now it’s time to think about dinner. In Oroville we recommend Papacito’s Mexican Grill & Cantina if you like Mexican cuisine. Located at 1751 Oro Dam Blvd. (530-532-9344). If you are staying in Chico try Sicilian Cafe www.siciliancafe.com for a wide selection of wines and excellent Italian food, located at 1020 Main Street, chico (530-345-2233).

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Family Fun – Oroville http://www.101thingstodo.net/oroville-ca/oroville-itineraries/family-fun-oroville/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:03:25 +0000 http://www.101thingstodo.net/?p=442 101 Things To Do
Family Fun – Oroville

There are plenty of opportunities for Family Fun in Butte county. Indoors and outdoors quiet things and athletic things. You’ll find more to do here than you can find time to do them all. We’ll help you explore some of them in each community and these will be things that the entire family can have a fun learning experience doing. Lets get started. Morning Let’s begin our morning with a one-mile drive across Oroville Dam. Follow Oro Dam Blvd. East to where it connects with Orange Avenue and joins the Green Line Tour. (Look for the green line in the middle of the road.) Stay on the Green Line until you reach the dam. 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. Info: 530-534-2306 Lake Oroville Visitor CenterAfter our drive across the dam we will continue on the Green Line the the Lake Oroville Visitors Center at the North End of Kelly Ridge Road.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. The Center’s hours are: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 7 days a week. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s DayInfo: 530-538-2219 Lunch When we leave the Visitors Center we’ll be heading for Lakeview Restaurant less than a mile away at 5131 Royal Oaks Drive located in the Lake Oroville Golf and Event Center. Afternoon Following lunch we’ll head back to the valley again following the Green Line west to the Feather River Fish Hatchery & Nature Center located Off Table Mountain Blvd. at Feather River Crossing. When you come to the round about to your immediate right is the road to the Feather River Nature Center, making a normal right takes you across the bridge to the Fish Hacthery. 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 Fall-run (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. Visiting Hours: 8 a.m. to Sundown. Fish ladder opens the day after Labor Day. Tours: 530-534-2306 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. Built of stone and sitting beside the river just across from the hatchery on Old Ferry Road, the 1930’s WPA bath house has been restored and converted into a Nature Center. Beautifully constructed from nature’s gifts, it’s our favorite structure in the county and a wonderful place to commune with nature during any season of the year. Picnic tables are provided along with the nature! Next we’ll head to Riverbend Park located at the west end of Montgomery Street., by coming back to the roundabout and heading west on Montgomery Steet and you’ll drive right into the park.Several open-air 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.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 Feather River Recreation & Park District office at 1875 Feather River Blvd. Evening If you haven’t already decided on a picnic take the family to Tong Fong Low in downtown Oroville just two blocks off Montgomery St. at 2051 Robinson St. (530) 533-9332. “Charlie’s” as it’s known locally has been serviong lunch and dinner in Oroville for over 100 years!

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Outdoor Adventures http://www.101thingstodo.net/gridley-ca/gridley-itineraries/outdoor-adventures/ http://www.101thingstodo.net/gridley-ca/gridley-itineraries/outdoor-adventures/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:59:15 +0000 http://www.101thingstodo.net/?p=10377 101 Things To Do
Outdoor Adventures

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area 8 Miles Southwest of Gridley, Pennington/Almond Orchard Rd. 530-846-7505 Managed by the California Dept. of Fish and Game, Gray Lodge Wildlife Areas 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 California Watchable Wildlife site. Year round you may observe several species of resident waterfowl, as well as a vast number of migratory passerines and shore birds. Many 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. Sutter Buttes 2 miles from Gray Lodge Wildlife Area • 530-634-6387 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. 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. Privately owned; tours are available 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 Living-Witness 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 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.

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Scenic Drive http://www.101thingstodo.net/foothills-ca/foothills-itineraries/scenic-drive/ http://www.101thingstodo.net/foothills-ca/foothills-itineraries/scenic-drive/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:45:24 +0000 http://www.101thingstodo.net/?p=10751 101 Things To Do
Scenic Drive

All Day Scenic Drive Feather River Canyon National Scenic Byway This scenic drive begins at the Gateway to the Feather River Canyon National Scenic Byway in Oroville and goes past Beldon Town, a hikers stop on the Pacific Crest Trail, on to Quincy. Dedicated in October, 1998, this drive 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. Also, of note if you’re interested in rock climbing is Grizzly Dome, where folks scale the vertical rock, near one of the tunnels. In Quincy we’ll stop for lunch at Morning Thunder, 557 Lawrence St. This is also a great place for breakfast. After lunch back on Hwy. 70 and quickly left onto Bucks Lake Road where more vistas provide great views on the way through Meadow Valley as we continue west to Bucks Lake. Since you’re looking for scenery a side trip well worth your time is Silver Lake. Watch for the road about eight and a half miles out of Quincy. Silver Lake Road will be on your right and will be a 15 minute drive. On the way past Bucks Lake you may want to take a break at either Lake shore Resort or Bucks Lake Lodge both of which you’ll pass by. Then it’s on down the winding and beautiful drive to our starting point and final destination, Oroville. Bucks Lake road turns into Oro-Quincy Highway at Mountain House. The old Hotel and stage coach stop was a hangout for the notorious robber Black Bart.

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Foothills Hikes http://www.101thingstodo.net/foothills-ca/foothills-itineraries/foothills-hikes/ http://www.101thingstodo.net/foothills-ca/foothills-itineraries/foothills-hikes/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:40:57 +0000 http://www.101thingstodo.net/?p=436 101 Things To Do
Foothills Hikes

Hike & Climb 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. 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. 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 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. 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. There are many unique formations atop Bald Rock, and outstanding views in every direction. The Maidu have a legend of a monster called Uino who protects the middle fork of the Feather River from his dwelling atop Bald Rock. We commend his choice of vistas.

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4 Wheel Adventure http://www.101thingstodo.net/foothills-ca/foothills-itineraries/4-wheel-adventure/ http://www.101thingstodo.net/foothills-ca/foothills-itineraries/4-wheel-adventure/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:38:35 +0000 http://www.101thingstodo.net/?p=10758 101 Things To Do
4 Wheel Adventure

Poker Flat Near La Porte, CA. Start at County Rd. 512 and carefully follow your dirtections to La Porte, St. Louis Bridge, Howland Flat & Poker Flat. 4-wheel drive only. Poker Flat had its beginnings in the early 1850’s. It is reported that only 12 families were living in the camp by 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 six campsites constructed by the U.S. Forest Service complete with picnic tables and fire pits. The toilet facilities are basic. It’s an easy and picturesque drive from Oroville to La Porte via the Forbestown Road. Leave Oroville on Hwy. 162, also Oroville-Quincy Road. About six miles east of town, Forbestown Road goes off to the right and it’s about 14 miles to Forbestown. At Forbestown the name of the road changes to Challenge cut Off Road and leads to La Porte Rd. At that intersection, you will take a hard left and go through Challenge, CA. Stay on the La Porte Road which eventually changes to the Quincy La Porte Road and tang you onto La Porte. Here you can stop for provisions if necessary and just north of town is a warming station and public restrooms. A short 1/4 mile further on the right is St. Louis Rd. Take it east bearing right and leading to the St. Louis Bridge. Immediately after the bridge turn right. A mile or so along, the Port Wine Ridge Road will intersect from the right and the name of the road changes to Port Wine Ridge Rd. Contine on to Howland Flat an abandon old mining town where you can still the the ruins of the Wells Fargo Office. Here the name of the road changes to Poker Flat Road and will lead you to Poker Flat. You’ll see the 4-wheel drive sign at the top of the ridge leading down to the former mining village at Poker Flat on Canyon Creek. Best to plan on camping overnight. Then you can cross the creek and continue up the mountain on Saddleback Road bearing left onto Eureka Mine Rd. and to hwy. 25 and on to hwy. 49.

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Art Abounds – Chico http://www.101thingstodo.net/chico-ca/chico-itineraries/art-abounds-chico/ Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:25:09 +0000 http://www.101thingstodo.net/?p=177 101 Things To Do
Art Abounds – Chico

Chico, California is ranked as one of the “100 Best Small Art Towns in America.” We could write a book about the artistic talent and galleries in this town. Our goal is to help you explore the art scene in Chico, hit some of the high points, and make sure you get the most out of your time. There’s lots of art to see and it will be all around us. If you’re ready, lets get going. MORNING We could easily spend a week visiting the galleries and finding the public art displays, but we’ll limit our exploration to just one day. Let’s begin in downtown Chico with the Luminary Art Benches which 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 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 (1980-2004). LUNCH Right on the corner of Broadway and 3th upstairs in the . . . . . building is the Broadway Heights restaurant featuring wonderful California cuisine and award winning sandwiches. AFTERNOON Just a half a block away is pour first stop of the afternoon. 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. Particularly interesting here are the estate print collections. Nearby is 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 Janet Turner, Salvatore Casa, and Kenneth Parker. Fine art is displayed amidst quality crafts and collectibles. From Vagabond Rose we’ll walk south on Broadway to 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, hand-blown glass, posters and bonsai. The gallery focuses largely on representing more than 25 local artists but also shows regional, national and international art. Also known for its extraordinary selection of frames and skill at framing three-dimensional 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. Next we’ll have to catch the B-Line or go by car to AicoraGems “Jewelry Box” Gallery where we’ll see one of Chico’s most unique public murals, 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. Now on to 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. At the end of our tour we’ll return downtown and if our timing is good we can experience Second Friday ARTabouts put on by Chico Visual Arts Alliance (ChiVAA) a 501c3 umbrella organization linking art groups and individual artists and enabling them to have a united voice, presence, and visibility in Chico. One of their most successful programs is the monthly Second Friday ARTabouts where artists open up their studios and galleries welcome the public. These festivities take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on a

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Museum Madness – Chico

To help make your visit to Chico fun and rewarding we have put together an exciting day of museum hopping. Chico has over 17 museums from which to chose. We have selected five which range all the way from art to yo-yo. If you enjoy history, art or toys his itinerary is created for you. We can’t say, “Leave the driving to us,” but we can say, “Leave the planning to us.” We have it all mapped out for you. Morning Start your day off in downtown Chico at Bird In Hand at 320 Broadway St. at 10:00 AM. Here you will find the National Yo-Yo Museum with the largest public display of yo-yo’s and yo-yo memorabilia in the country. From here we will head over to The Janet Turner Print Museum at California State University, Chico. The museum is located at 400 West 1st Street. Exhibitions change every few months. Call ahead and find out what exhibits are on display while you’re in town (530)898-4476. Lunch For lunch stop in at the nearby Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery located at 130 Main Street in downtown. The From here we s will be near our next stop, The Bidwell Mansion. Afternoon The Bidwell Mansion is located at 525 Esplanade just a block to the north. The Mansion State Historic Park is a beautiful, three-story, 26 room Victorian House Museum that stands as a memorial to John and Annie Bidwell. When constructed, Bidwell Mansion featured the most modern plumbing, gas lighting and water systems. The overall style of the three-story brick structure is that of an Italian Villa. The Visitor Center is open Mon. 12-5 and Sat. & Sun. 11-5. Tours start at 12:00pm Monday and 11:00am on Saturday and Sunday. Just a few steps north of the Mansion is the Gateway Science Museum where we’ll go next to learn about the natural history of Northern California, past and present. We will compare Northern California’s habitats with others in North America and the world, explore interactions between our region’s environment and the people who live here, including the original Native Americans and participate in the exhilaration of “doing science.” Afternoon Snack If you have time after leaving the Gateway Museum, stop by Shubert’s for an old-fashion ice-cream cone with ice cream made on the premise. You’ll find Shubert’s at 178 East 7th street. (530)342-7163. Evening There are lots of good restaurants in Chico. We recommend trying the Italian Cottage located at 2234 Esplanade or 2525 Dominic Dr. (530)343-7000. The Italian Cottage is rated locally as best Italian restaurant.

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First Timer’s – Butte County http://www.101thingstodo.net/chico-ca/chico-itineraries/first-timers-itinerary-butte-county/ http://www.101thingstodo.net/chico-ca/chico-itineraries/first-timers-itinerary-butte-county/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:38:47 +0000 http://www.101thingstodo.net/?p=1592 101 Things To Do
First Timer’s – Butte County

Visiting Butte County for the first time can leave you wondering, “What should I do first?” Between the outdoor activities, museums, parks, shopping, spectacular dining, and all the scenery it almost seems impossible to see everything! Our goal is to help you hit the high points, and make sure you get the most out of your visit to Butte County. This itinerary will take you to several communities throughout Butte County. Check out one of our other itineraries if you prefer to stay in one community. If you’re ready to get a taste of all Butte County, lets get going. Morning Our first stop is going to be Satava Art Glass Studio at 2161 Park Ave. (530-893-0373). The doors open at 9:00 AM. Tours are available Tuesday through Thursday. Richard Satava opened his Using ancient techniques, Richard Satava, to creates beautiful art glass by combining technical skill and delicate artistry. Vivid colors and unique nature theme are his trade-mark. Passion is visible in his creations. From here we go to The Bidwell Mansion located at 525 Esplanade. The Mansion State Historic Park is a beautiful, three-story, 26 room Victorian House Museum that stands as a memorial to John and Annie Bidwell. When constructed, Bidwell Mansion featured the most modern plumbing, gas lighting and water systems. The overall style of the three-story brick structure is that of an Italian Villa. The Visitor Center is open Mon. 12-5 and Sat. & Sun. 11-5. Tours start at 12:00pm Monday and 11:00am on Saturday and Sunday. Lunch For lunch we are heading to the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company www.sierranevada.com located at 1075 E. 20th St., 530-893-3520. Here we also want to sign up for the 1:00 PM brewery tour. If you’ve never toured a brewery, you’re missing an interesting and informative experience. And this brewery produces award-winning beer known across the nation. Afternoon Let’s leave Chico and head for Oroville and the Chinese Temple built in 1863 to serve a community of 10,000 Chinese. Located at 1500 Broderick St (530-538-2496) it includes three chapels for each of the major ways of life in China. The main chapel is called Liet Sheng Kong-Temple of assorted deities. It is a place of prayer for various worships including Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. The Chan room is a Confucian room for reverence of ancestors. The Moon Temple, so called because of its entrance, is Wong Fat Tong – Hall of the Yellow Buddha. In 1968, Tapestry Hall was built to display the extensive collection of embroidered tapestries, parade parasols, puppets and other objects of beauty and value which characterize the best of Chinese folk art. All objects in everyday use by the common people of China were ornamented by symbols expressing the religious ideas of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. Not an idle pleasure garden, a Chinese garden is designed as a place for meditation and reflection, and is an expression of artistic ideas emerging from an intimate feeling for nature. All its parts are symbolic reminders of the religious principles that guide the search for The Way – Tao. To hear a narrative on this historic attraction, dial 530-539-3004 and press 101. We’ve seen a lot already today, but if time permits, we’ll head east on Montgomery Street following the Greenline all the way to Lake Oroville and the tallest earthen dam in the nation. Driving across the mile-long dam we can see out into the Sacramento Valley and across the main body of Lake Oroville. From here we are too close to the Lake Oroville Visitor Center not to stop in. The visitor center closes at 5:00 PM, but we can still climb the 47-foot high viewing tower for even more spectacular views of the lake, mountains and valley. Evening There is much more to see and do in Butte County, but now it’s time to think about dinner. In Oroville we recommend Papacito’s Mexican Grill & Cantina if you like Mexican cuisine. Located at 1751 Oro Dam Blvd. (530-532-9344). If you are staying in Chico try Sicilian Cafe for a wide selection of wines and excellent Italian food, located at 1020 Main Street, chico (530-345-2233).

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