There are dozens of events going on in the Northstate this weekend. Here are some of our picks to go to. They are separated by county below:
Shasta County Events:
Gnarly Neon Color Run Race at the Sundial Bridge - Apr. 27 - Redding. Runners will rock out to live bands while being showered in neon colors, finishing up at the gnarly neon after-party at Turtle Bay. Just show up wearing your whitest whites for the colorful chaos. The 5K run begins at 9 a.m and benefits the Redding Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund.
Lions Draft Banquet - Apr. 27 - Redding. Every year they do the draft around the same time as the NFL draft. Banquet begins at 12 p.m., draft begins at 1 p.m.
Living Well Expo - Apr. 27-28 - Redding. Dignity Health North State invites the community to join them at the Living Well in Redding Expo to learn how Dignity Health North State hospitals are building healthier communities. The expo will take place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Redding Civic Auditorium. Admission and parking is free. The annual event is Redding's newest health, leisure and wellness expo, and will feature exhibitors who will focus on everything from general health and well-being products to fitness, pampering and healthy living in the Redding area.
At 1 p.m. - What's New in Headache Treatment - Dr. Richard Karem, Neurologist.
At 3 p.m. - What to Know About PSA Blood Tests and Prostate Cancer - Dr. Matthew Allen, Radiation Oncologist
9th Annual Battle of the Northstate - Apr. 27. Shasta Magic Athletics will host the 9th annual Battle of the North State AUU Basketball Tournament. This event has grown considerably from its fledgling beginning to now host over 160 teams, boys and girls, 4th grade to high school in different divisions all vying for the coveted first place championships.
Love your Pet Expo - Apr. 27 - Anderson. Be a part of the 2013 Love Your Expo that starts with the pet parade. This is the second anniversary of this event @ Shasta District Fairground in Anderson, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Shasta Splash Dogs Dock Jumping Club - Redding. At Cobblestone Shopping Center in front of Happy Tails Barkery on Harnell Ave., Apr. 27 and 28. For $20 try your dog at dock jumping. The dog runs down a 40-foot dock and jumps as high and far as it can after a favorite floatable toy into a 20-foot by 40-foot above ground pool. There will be club members on hand to help out both days. The dock will open at 9 a.m. both days for registration and practice. Competition jump times on Saturday are at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. There will be a Super Vertical competition at 6 p.m. Competition jump times on Sunday are 10 a.m. and noon. There will be practice time between jumps as time allows. If your dog qualifies for the finals, they will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday. There will also be a tennis ball jump into the pool (for dogs), fundraising event at 5 p.m. on Saturday for S.A.F.E. -- Saving Animals From Euthanasia. The organization provides spay/neuter vouchers to qualified folks. For a $20 donation you will receive a guaranteed prize worth $25 or more, by having your dog or if you don't have a dog, one of the Shasta Splash Club dogs, jump into the pool to retrieve a tennis ball. The tennis balls will be numbered with a corresponding prize that you will win. Go to splashdogs.com for more information.
Simpson Graduation - Apr. 27 - Redding. On Saturday, Simpson University will honor 214 graduates Saturday during its 10 a.m. outdoor spring commencement on the campus at 2211 College View Drive.
Car Wash - Apr. 27 - Anderson. Anderson Community Church is hosting a pre-fundraiser to gather sponsors for Team AC. The church is challenging the businesses and residents in Anderson to a "Giving War" on April 27th. The church is hosting a car wash at the Burger King on McMurry Drive in Anderson from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds go to Good News Rescue Mission for the homeless.
Pizza and Pumps - Apr. 28 - Anderson. This event is to raise awareness for domestic and sexual violence. It's put together by the Shasta Women's Refuge. Sun, Apr. 28 event at Mary's Pizza in the Shasta Outlets in Anderson from noon-5pm
Earth Day in Weaverville - Apr. 27 - Lewiston. The Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area is inviting anyone interested in spending a day outdoors and improving their public lands to an event in honor of Earth Day. On Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., interested volunteer participants are invited to join Forest Service staff for an invasive plant removal event at Fairview Boat Ramp, which is approximately ten miles north of Lewiston on County Road 105 along the shore of Trinity Lake. Volunteers are should wear appropriate work clothing such as long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy shoes or boots. Please bring your own work gloves, sunscreen, and water. Tools for removing the invasive plants will be provided. And, of course, don't forget your camera! Invasive plants are those plants which are nonnative to a specific ecosystem, and that cause (or are likely to cause) economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Since many of these plant species have no natural predators in these local environments, they can have a rapid rate of spread that can devastate native plants. When native species are crowded out by these invasive species, the results often continue to grow and become more complex. Biological diversity may be reduced, water patterns may be altered, and wildlife food webs may be disturbed. Removing these nonnative plants early and thoroughly is the most effective way to combat these potential outcomes.
Participating in events like the invasive plant removal around the Fairview Boat Launch is a simple way for people to contribute to the health of their public land. Please contact Fay Mok (530-623-1762) or Phyllis Swanson (530-623-1717) for more information about this Earth Day event. For more information about similar projects around the country, visit www.earthday.org.
Butte County Events:
The Gold Nugget Days - Apr. 27 - Paradise. The parade sweepstakes award of $200 and a trophy go to the entry judged best in the parade. To be eligible for the award, the entry must reflect the Gold Nugget Days theme "Golden Memories". The parade begins at noon on Saturday April 27th.
The Annual Donkey Derby - Apr. 27 - Magalia. This is staged by E Clampus Vitus 7-11 commemorates the race up the hill to Dogtown to show off their good fortune when miners found the 54-pound gold nugget at Whiskey Flat in April 1859. During today's race, donkey and drover teams compete to get up the hill to Magalia community center and through an obstacle course-while carrying 54-pound weights. First, second and third place cash prizes are awarded the winners. Come root for your favorite donkey on Saturday, April 27th, from 9:00-10:00am at the Old Magalia Community Church.
Woodrow Wilson Elementary Makeover - Apr. 27 - Gridley.
9:00 a.m. - Special guests to speak and make presentation
Event lasts from 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Local Comcast employees and their families will join with students and parents to spend the morning planting, installing benches, painting, landscaping and cleaning up the grounds at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. This volunteer effort is part of the 12th "Comcast Cares Day," the largest single-day corporate volunteer effort in the United States that will bring together more than 70,000 Comcast employees, their families and friends nationwide to help make a difference in their communities. 3,000 Comcast employees and their families will do volunteer work at 16 schools affected by budget cuts in California.
Golf Tournament for Relay for Life - Apr. 27 - Chico. Relay for Life Team BC (Butte County employees, families and friends) and Chico State Wildcats for a Cure (Chico State employees and families) are hosting the Tee'd Off at Cancer Golf Tournament Sunday, April 28th, 2013 starting at 12 noon at Tuscan Ridge Golf Course, 3100 Skyway. The tournament is a 4-person scramble with a shotgun start scheduled for noon. Entry fees are $80.00 per golfer and include: 18 hole green fee with cart, driving range balls, competitions, a catered barbeque dinner, and live music from Chico's own Swamp Daddy. Beer and raffle tickets will be sold as well. Additional dinner and music only tickets are available for $15.00 each. Business sponsorship opportunities are available and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society 2013 Chico Relay for Life. Register players by April 25th. Register online at: http://teedoffatcancer-eorg.eventbrite.com/. For more information, contact Susie Rees, (530) 680-9900, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wildflower Bike Race in Chico - Apr. 28 - Chico.
The Chico Wildflower Century is regularly listed in BICYCLING magazine as a TOP TEN CENTURY. It was first offered as an organized event in 1981. While it poured most of the day, about 60 riders struggled through it. Today the Wildflower has something for everyone. The Wildcat 125, started in celebration of Chico State's 125 year anniversary in 2012, will put any rider to the test. Or there's the new Wildcat 100, with all the climbing but skipping the 'orchard flats'. The traditional Wildflower 100, which climbs 'only' Humbolt, Honey Run and Table Mountain, and 65 which climbs only Honey Run offer plenty of challenge, and the Flatflowers (30 or 60 miles) and Childflower 12 boast absolutely no hills at all.
Tehama County Events:
Fire Season Volunteers - Apr. 27 - Red Bluff. In anticipation of a season sure to keep first responders on their toes throughout the state, the American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to aid in disaster response. The American Red Cross of Northeastern California will conduct five volunteer orientations in the coming weeks, which will provide new volunteers with an overview of the Red Cross, its programs and services, and an opportunity to help communities respond to and recover from potential wildfire emergencies. Those interested in becoming a disaster services volunteer are encouraged to attend one of the following volunteer orientations. The next orientation is on Apr. 27 at the Red Bluff Fire Department Training Center on 1015 Kimball Rd. in Red Bluff from 4 to 6 p.m.
Rally at the River - Apr. 26-28 - Corning. Woodson Bridge RV Park in Corning, CA will host the third annual vintage camper trailers "Rally at the River" April 26-28, 2013. Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm is Open House where the public is invited to come and tour the vintage camper trailers and classic cars. Over 80 trailers from the 1940's through the 1960's will attend this sold out event! Native Chicoan and vintage camper trailer collector, Paul Lacitinola Jr. will be attending the rally in his 1954 Terry trailer towed by his 1963 Buick LaSabre wagon.
8th Annual Civil War Reenactment - Apr. 27-28 - Red Bluff. The eighth annual Red Bluff Civil War reenactment will be at Samuel Ayers/Dog Island Park on Main St. in Red Bluff. Two battles will take place at noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Trinity County Events:
4th Annual NO ONE SHOULD GO HUNGRY Benefit Concert and Street Fair - Apr. 27 - Douglas City. With live music April 27th 12:00pm till 9:00pm at the Firehall in Douglas City. Music by WOVEN ROOTS, UNCLE STAXX, MADDEN/HAZZARD BAND AND WILLIAM MILLER II, and various other local musicians. AOkay Clown(circus Nature)Will be entertaining all day. Clampers will be BBQing Tri-Tip,Hot dogs, Hamburgers,veggie burgers, vegetarian chili and nachos. There also will be great raffle prizes and a 50/50 raffle Admission is non perishable food items. We are also having a street fair. All proceeds goes to Douglas City Soup Kitchen. Douglas City Soup Kitchen provides a hot meal every Tuesday from 11:00am till 1:00 PM at the Douglas City Firehall and gives out bags of groceries to needy family from Douglas City Ca. we are trying to build up their food pantry.