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Safety kits, live radio and training available for Walk to School Day

Shasta County – The Safe Routes to School program is offering safety kits and technical assistance to Shasta County schools for coordinating Walk to School Day on October 5, 2016. Kits include educational materials, vests, cones and promotional materials. One lucky school will win a live radio remote on their campus to celebrate Walk to School Day. Interested PTA/parent groups or schools are invited to submit applications by 5 pm on Thursday, September 1.

To be eligible, schools are encouraged to have volunteers from Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), a parent club or site council willing to coordinate the event, and lead weekly walks to school throughout October.

Last year, 14 local schools participated in International Walk to School Day. The goal of the Safe Routes to School Program is to make walking and biking to school safer, easier, more convenient and increase the numbers of children walking or biking to school safely.

“Walking and biking to school is a great way for children to get exercise before starting their school day, making them more prepared to concentrate and learn when they arrive at school,” said Sara Sundquist, Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator. “When more students walk, the number of vehicles around the school area is reduced, making it safer for more children to walk or bike.”

For more information or for an application, call at 245-6457 or visit www.healthyshasta.org.

Healthy Shasta is a partnership committed to making healthy eating and physical activity choices easier where you live, work and play. Visit http://www.healthyshasta.org for more information.

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Hurray! Another Intermountain “Hope is Alive!” Open Mic coming May 20

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On Friday May 20, Hope is Alive! 6 Open Mic will be held at Billy’s Roadside Café in Montgomery Creek. Performance will begin at 6 p.m. People who would like to perform should come to sign up at 5:30.

The theme is Hope Is Alive! The flyer asks, “Has creating music, rhymes or poetry given you light in dark times or shed light on a hidden struggle? Then come celebrate how art heals and promotes understanding.”

The event is free and will feature spoken word, singers, songwriters, dancers, and other performers.

Organizer and emcee Marc Dadigan

Community Education Specialist Marc Dadigan

I have been to two of these events and both have been wonderful. The first Intermountain Hope is Alive! event was held at the Rex Club last November 19. The event included talented performances of folk, pop, blues, Christian music, Native American Rap, and original songs. Poets recited powerful, poignant poems. There was also comedy and story-telling, as well as belly dancing and folk-dancing. Sounds like an amazing program, doesn’t it? It was.

Steve Stoore plays the blues

Steve Stoore played the blues in Burney

Hope is Alive! 5 in Redding held at Lulu’s  Café was equally incredible, with a whole new array of positive creativity.

I expect that this event at Billy’s Roadside Café will be another wonderful explosion of heart, talent and creative expression. Billy’s has a long history featuring local Intermountain artists. Billy’s was formerly The Station Café, which hosted concerts, jams, and open mics.

Billy Riggins and Lewis Gustafson

Billy Riggins and Lewis Gustafson

Before that it was the Acorn Café The first venue I performed at in California was the Acorn Café. What a great place for this event! There are wonderful musicians and poets living in Round Mountain. Montgomery Creek, Big Bend, and Oak Run.

I expect to see folks from Redding to McArthur and beyond coming out to share their talent and enjoy the work of others at this event celebrating the healing power of art. As the old song “I Believe in Music” put it,

Music is love and love is music if you know what I  mean!
People who believe in music are the happiest people I’ve ever seen.

Belly Dancing

Belly Dancing

So mark it on your calendars and come on out for the celebration.

Hope is Alive! open mics are sponsored by Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency in conjunction with the Community Education Committee and community partners and advisory boards. Funding for this event is provided through the Mental Health Services Act. To learn more visit www.standagainststigma.com.

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