What if X does not mark the spot?

Treasure hunting is not as easy as it apparently was…there is no longer an X that marks the spot. So how do you spot treasure these days? You might find the answer at Pirate Palooza on March 29th. You can get tickets from the Chico office by coming by or calling 1-800-464-8527


A plethora of booty, entertainment and feasting…so come out and have some fun at Pirate Palooza!

ILSNC is pleased to announce

Ed Roberts’s Day 01/23/14

“There are only two kinds of people in the world:
the disabled, and the yet-to-be-disabled” -Ed Roberts

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Ed Roberts was a pioneering leader of the disabilities rights
movement in the 1960’s and became the first student with severe
disabilities to attend the University of California, Berkeley.

Ed advocated for inclusion of persons with disabilities while at UC
Berkeley, forming the first student led disability services program in
the country and was the head of the Berkeley Center for Independent
Living (CIL), the first independent living service and advocacy
program run by and for people with disabilities.


Sharing January Events



Monthly Lyme Disease Support Group will not meet on Monday, January 20th. due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. 


Ed Roberts Day is Thursday, January 23rd.  Please celebrate the day!


Monthly Lyme Disease Support Group will meet Monday, January 27th at 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Chico ILSNC office at 1161 East Ave. between the avenues of Ceres and Floral.


Veterans Resource Fair will be in two weeks on Wednesday, January 29th at the Veterans Hall in downtown Redding next to the post office from 9am to 3pm. 


CHICO — In an empty field in northwest Chico, Mark Stemen has visions of towering tomatoes, sprawling squash and fabulous flowers sprouting from the ground.

The Oak Way Community Garden, at West Eighth and Nord avenues, has already connected to water, had its soiled tilled and a cover crop planted by volunteers, and is now at the fourth step — fundraising. When completed, the Oak Way project will be the city’s second largest community garden.

“This is an opportunity for us to enable people to come out and grow their own food,” said Stemen, Butte Environmental Council board president, local activist and Chico State University professor whose Geography 498 students have helped lead this project. “This one is really well-planned and it models exactly after the Humboldt garden.”

Cover Crop Watering

Cover Crop Watering

“For us, the most important word in community garden isn’t garden,” Stemen said. “The biggest thing here is we are going to grow community.”

A major highlight is the garden will be universally accessible, with easy access to those with disabilities or senior citizens. As part of that goal, BEC has partnered with Independent Living Services of Northern California, which sees community agriculture as a new method for health and independence for people with disabilities.

“For people that are on a fixed income, cheap food is usually the lousy food,” said ILSNC Executive Director Evan LeVang. “This provides a new avenue for people who traditionally don’t have access to affordable, healthy good food as well as the knowledge on how to purchase and prepare it.”

Community gardens also create opportunities to enjoy fresh air, exercise, socialize, improve self-esteem and have access to fresh produce, he said.  “We sit on really good land; there is available water and we are in an agricultural area,” LeVang said. “For our folks we serve to be part of this agricultural economy and movement toward small farming is really exciting … I think we are at the front edge of a coming wave.”

People interested in supporting the Oak Way Community Garden or getting on its wait list can contact BEC at (530) 891-6424 or http://www.becnet.org/oak-way-community-garden

Above material is abridged from an original article in the Chico Enterprise-Record.  It can be viewed at:  http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_24806688/community-garden-chico-grows-fundraising-stage