Magazine: February 2013 Issue
On the cover: Anna and Daniel Cook
Photo by Kara Stewart
From kindhearted community members to cultural offerings to mouthwatering handmade chocolate, there’s so much to love about the North State.
Who loves coffee? Kaitlyn Flowers was raised in an entrepreneurial family of coffee drinkers who like to socialize over a cup of joe, and she’s sharing that love with the North State through Barista’s Roasting Company, which she opened three years ago at age 20. “Everything we serve has been an award winner,” she says.
For those who like some chocolate with their coffee, meet the sweetest lady in town - Nancy Matthews, the mastermind behind Chocolat de Nannette. She turns out truffles, toffee, caramels and other sinful goodies by the thousands. Read on to discover her secret ingredient.
Love for the arts (and each other) keeps Peter and Nadia Hava-Robbins energized. Known as the Traveling Bohemians, the pair’s Bohemian Art Loft has been a haven for artistic expression. “We just have a big, big love of the arts,” says Nadia, herself a dancer, poet and meditative and healing arts instructor. Check out a performance in their cozy space.
It’s hard to match the purity of the love between man and dog, and Gary Watts is testament to that. A combat-injured Iraq War veteran, he’s found healing by training canines to be service dogs. In fact, his own family sleeps soundly because one of his rescue dog trainees monitors Watts’ daughter’s life-threatening health disorder by detecting fluctuation in her blood sugar levels.
In a gesture of purely unselfish love, Obioma Uzoigwe Officer - known to theatergoers as the amazing Motor Mouth Maybelle from last year’s production of “Hairspray” at the Cascade Theatre - is providing a loving home to seven children who need her love more. “It’s amazing what a gift God has given to us in those kids,” she says.
Rico Montenegro loves Mother Nature, and he brings seeds of hope to the hungry by planting fruit trees around the world. A career in horticulture gave way to this philanthropic endeavor that feeds his desire to give back.
Seeking a romantic rendezvous? We’ll share some of our best ideas for exploring the outdoors with your beloved. Lace up your walking shoes, lace your fingers together and enjoy the path less traveled.
Meanwhile, we at Enjoy Magazine just love making this magazine more fun, informative and interesting for you, and we can’t wait to show you the next surprise that we’ve got up our sleeves. Look for a new and improved Enjoy, coming very soon to a newsstand near you!
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Group photo, back row: Michael O’Brien, Lana Granfors, Suzanne Birch, Kimberly Bonéy, James Mazzotta,
Front row: Yvonne Mazzotta, Ronda Ball, Michelle Adams.
Featured Articles in This Issue
Published in February 2013 - Sadie Roy Battles Obesity, Boredom and Waste at Chartwells Story by Amber Galusha Photos by Betsy Erickson She’s sweet, she’s witty and she’s dedicated to making a difference in the lives of more than 500 hungry students who converge on her dining hall three times a day. Meet Sadie Roy, director of food services at Simpson University. A trained chef and certified nutrition and wellness c..
Published in February 2013 - Dog Expert Gary Watts Trains for Service Story by Melissa Mendonca Photo by Eric Leslie When 41-year-old Gary Watts was young, he had a typical boyhood obsession with dogs and puppies. Unable to have a real one of his own, he began collecting miniature glass dog figurines with his allowance money. His collection grew to more than 500, along with his knowledge of dog breeds and characteristics. “I pr..
Published in February 2013 - Meet Mercy Mount Shasta's Chaplain, Ray Horst Story by Gary VanDeWalker Photo by Taryn Burkleo Beneath the snowy peaks of Colorado, a young boy moved his tractor over farm fields, transforming them for harvest. But Ray Horst’s childhood ambition to be a farmer changed directions. Today, he works in the shadow of the snow-capped Cascades, walking the corridors of Mercy Medical Center of Mount Shasta as ch..
Published in February 2013 - Rico Montenegro Plants for the Future Story by Amber Galusha Photo courtesy of Rico Montenegro Maybe you remember the story “Stone Soup,” a tale of two hungry strangers who go to a village with nothing more than an empty pot. The travelers are tricksters who persuade villagers to donate ingredients to their stone soup. Townspeople add a little of this and a little of that until eventually, a nutrit..
Published in February 2013 - Kaitlyn Flowers, Barista's Roasting Company Story by Claudia Mosby Photo by Betsy Erickson Without the ability to define precisely why, many people will say they like coffee simply because it tastes good. Kaitlyn Flowers can pinpoint the finer nuances of that taste, right down to the origin of the bean and its subtle flavor. For example, she says the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is one of the only beans in the world ..
Published in February 2013 - Enjoy the Journey at Plum Crazy in Red Bluff Story by Melissa Mendonca Photos by Alexis LeClair Sometime in her early 40s, Janell Fitzgerald had a quiet evening with her son Clark and mused about changing careers, from reading meters for PG&E to something more vibrant and creative. Every time she visualized a new path, she brought herself back to reality with thoughts of responsibilities. Health insurance...
Published in February 2013 - Music Max Thrives in Palo Cedro Story by Jim Dyar Photo by Eric Leslie Al Mires knew music instruction would play a prime role when he started Music Max during the summer of 2008, but he didn’t realize how critical a role. Though Mires couldn’t foresee it at the time, he was opening a music store at the beginning of a long, difficult recession. And even before the economy was stalling out, the..
Published in February 2013 - For Love of the Arts at the Bohemian Art Loft Story by Jim Dyar Photo by Betsy Erickson It’s one thing to say you’re a supporter of the arts. It’s quite another thing to host a venue for poets, musicians, dancers and others just about every week of every month for the past 13 years. But that’s what Peter and Nadia Hava-Robbins have done in Redding. Known as the Traveling Bohe..
Published in February 2013 - What toy or object from your childhood do you still have? What made you keep it? I still have my Barbies. My daughters got a lot of enjoyment out of them and now my granddaughter plays with them. ~Robin I have all the medals that I won when I was a gymnast more than 20 years ago. I’m not sure why, but I worked hard for those things! It’s hard to throw them out. ~Adelle My baseball glove. ~Darren..
Published in February 2013 - The Big Heart and Beautiful Smile of Obioma Officer Story by Kimberly Bonéy Photo by Kara Stewart Obioma Uzoigwe Officer was nervous about the idea of playing a character in The Cascade Theatre’s presentation of Hairspray in April of 2012. “My mom kept me in church, so I was much more comfortable singing there than I was on stage,” she says. Singing for God was virtually inherent for O..
Published in February 2013 - Chocolat De Nannette's Nancy Matthews Story by Jon Lewis Photo by Kara Stewart After 27 years in the chocolate-making business and turning out candy bars, truffles, toffees, caramels and turtles by the thousands, you’d think it would be easy for Nancy Matthews to name her favorite. You would be wrong. “People are always asking me what’s my favorite, and I can’t answer. They’r..