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Pit River Casino donates $5000 to fund Kid Fit Program

On May 11, Pit River Casino General Manager Mike Avelar came to Tri Counties Community Network at the Intermountain Community Center to present a check for $5000 for the Kid Fit Program. The donation ensures that this year’s Kid Fit program will be fully funded.

Mike Avelar with staff and children at Tri CountiyCommunity Network

Avelar said, “We are always happy to do whatever we can to help the community, because without the community we would not be here.”

Shaylene Herndon is the Kid Fit project manager. The program has 7 goals:

  1. Decreasing the incidence of Childhood Obesity in our region
  2. Increasing the level of physical activity by local families
  3. Raising awareness of healthy lifestyle choices
  4. Increasing use of our local parks, facilities, and other community programs
  5. Broadening understanding of healthy food and snack choices
  6. Building a stronger community by gathering families together in a healthy proactive way, and
  7. Collaborating with already established community events.

Kid Fit will host five free fun-filled events this year for families of all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

The opening activity will be “Funky Fitness Fun” at Bailey Park at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13.

On June 20, Kid Fit will sponsor a Night Hike at 6 p.m. at Burney Falls State Park.

On June 29, Kid Fit will host a Family Track and Field Night as one of the opening events of this year’s Burney Basin Days.

Tuesday, July 11, will feature “Splish, Splash, and and Swim” at the Raymond H. Berry Community Pool beginning at 6 p.m.

The final Kid Fit event for 2017 will be the “Master Mud Run” on Tuesday July 18 at Bailey Park at 6 p.m.

Mud run 2016

Herndon says, “We expect that Kid Fit Summer 2017 will benefit 150 plus children and their parents and result in over 5000 hours of documented physical activity.”

Kid Fit began in 2006 to address the obesity epidemic that was threatening the health of children in our country. Since that time, thanks to increased public awareness and changes in the food supply and school lunches, obesity rates have declined.

Changes in technology have caused decreased physical activity for children and adults. Eight to eighteen year olds spend an average of 7 hours and 11 minutes engaged with electronic screen media. This is an increase of 2.5 hours in the last ten years.  As a result, children spend less time in traditional childhood activities and outdoor play.

According to Herndon, excessive screen time has been linked to increased psychological difficulties that include hyperactivity, emotional and conduct problems, difficulties with peers, and poor school performance.

Kid Fit is designed not only to increase physical activity but also to increase social connections. Research done by the Strengthening Families Program  has shown that social connections promote family health, child well-being, and optimal youth development.

For more information about the Kid Fit Program call Shaylene Herndon at 430-335-4600.

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Children meet community service providers at Tri Counties Network

Celebrating “The Week of the Child,” First Five Shasta and Bright Futures hosted a wonderful “Lunch with Community Helpers” at the Intermountain Community Center in Burney beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26.

Community service providers and children

Children and their parents had an opportunity to meet representatives from the Burney Fire Protection District, Shasta County Sheriff’s Department, CalFire, Burney Ambulance, Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Department, and the US Forest Service.

The program was fun and educational. Each agency gave a brief explanation of the work that they do in terms that the young children could enjoy and understand.

Burney Fire Chief Monte Keady addressing the children

Two firemen, one from the Burney District and one from CalFire, showed the children how they put on their fire gear and then interacted with the children.

Fireman in gear

Smokey the Bear made a special appearance for the Forest Service and got lots of hugs from the children.

Kids welcome Smokey the Bear

After the indoor presentations, the children went outside where the officers explained to them their equipment and vehicles.

Driving the Hat Creek Fire Truck


Driving the Forest Service truck

The kids had a lot of fun learning how to operate the fire hose.

Fun shooting the fire hose

They also had an opportunity to meet and pet the well-trained police dog brought by the Sheriff’s Department.

Petting the police dog

Afterwards, everyone went inside to enjoy a delicious lunch including barbecued hamburgers, baked beans, pasta salad, and cake in the senior nutrition center.

The “Lunch with Community Helpers” event was organized and emceed by Bright Futures Family Advocate Shaylene Herndon.

Tri County Community Network, Inc. is a non-profit organization. Programs and services at the Intermountain Community Center include pre-school and school age day care, parenting support programs, housing and employment services, financial literacy classes, support for people with mental illness, weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, senior nutrition programs, dance classes, DUI diversion classes, and a Sunday worship service by Calvary Chapel Burney Falls. For more information about Tri County Community Network programs and services call 530-335-4600.

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Meet the Candidates for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney

On April 1, candidates for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney came to a “Meet the Candidates” event in Bailey Park. Candidates spoke about the charities they are raising money for and their hopes for Burney and the Intermountain area.

Seven candidates have registered to run for the following charities:

  1. Anna Denny, for Burney Sober Grad Night
  2. Jill Daugherty, for Burney Citizens Patrol
  3. Ralph Freitas, for Make-a-Wish (Shasta County)
  4. James Glaser,  for Boy Scout Troop 38
  5. Dana Hauge, for Burney 4-H
  6. Shaylene Herndon, for TriCounties Community Network, and
  7. Mary Frances Unterreiner, for St Vincent de Paul

Due to scheduling events, Anna Denny and Dana Hauge were unable to be present. However, Jen Luck read a speech that Dana had prepared and Anna’s candidacy and charity were also announced and explained.

Jen Luck, secretary for the Burney Chamber of Commerce, emceed the event. Refreshments were donated by the local Burney Safeway store.

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Job Fair at Intermountain Community Center April 4

Tri County Community Network will be hosting their annual Intermountain Job and Resource Fair at the Intermountain Community Center on the senior side of the Intermountain Community Center in Burney on April 4 from 2-4 p.m.

Many local companies will be looking to hire new employees. There will also be representatives from the Military, Redding trade school, and Shasta College.

For more information call 530-335-4600.

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Another Parent Cafe – March 20!

From Cindy Dodds at TriCounties Community Network:

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There is another Parent Café scheduled for 5:30 on March 20.  I have attached a flyer.  There is a special bonus at this event.  Any parent who has already attended a Café and attends on March 20 with a friend, will be entered into a drawing for a $45 gift card.  Everyone who has attended has had a great time.  Where else can you go where someone else will prepare you dinner and do your dishes, entertain your children and allow you to enter into interesting conversations with other parents?!?  And, for the record, it is NOT scary.  It is just a nice way to meet new people and discuss your parenting successes and challenges.

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Shaylene Herndon running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney

Shaylene Herndon is running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney.  She is raising money for TriCounties Community Network.

Shaylene Herndon with Tri-Counties Director Cindy Dodds and Brian Haas

Shaylene’s campaign motto is “Burney Can Do It!”

Her goal is to “Stop the crime.”

If you would like to vote for Shaylene, stop by TriCounties Community Network and donate to her campaign. Every dollar donated counts as one vote. You can vote as many times and as much as you want. This is an election that money can buy.

Shaylene joins two candidates, Mary Frances Unterreiner and Anna Denny who have turned in their applications to run for Honorary Mayor.

There are more people who have said that they will be running for mayor to support various charities. Each candidate will be officially announced as soon as their form is turned in to the Burney Chamber of Commerce.  All candidate registration forms should be filed by April 1st.

Candidate registration forms are available at the Burney Chamber of Commerce or at the Honorary Mayor of Burney Facebook Page.

For more information call Alex or Linda Colvin 335-4221 or Jen Luck 335-2111.

See also
Honorary Mayor Candidates rally for their charities at Bailey Park (article and pictures)
Meet the Candidates for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney (Video)
Honorary Mayor of Burney Facebook Page
Anna Denny running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
Mary Francis Unterreiner running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
Shaylene Herndon running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
Ralph Freitas running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
Dana Hauge running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney
James Glaser running for 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney

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Community meeting on poverty cancelled

The community meeting to explore strategies to reduce poverty in the Intermountain Area that was to be held January 25 at the Intermountain community center has been cancelled.

Shasta County Housing and Community Action Programs would still like to get information from providers and residents of the Intermountain area.  Cindy Dodds at Tri Counties Community Network will have an electronic survey as well as paper survyes available for people who would like to provide input and feedback.

For more information contact Cindy Dodds at 530-335-4600.

See also:

Meeting at Community Center on January 25 to explore strategies to reduce poverty

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