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Redding Veterans Home Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Redding Veterans Home Celebrates 2nd Anniversary.   Veterans Home in Redding California celebrated their second anniversary with veterans, friends, family and volunteers,  Best Of The North State & Redding Reviews wants to thank all those that came out and supported this anniversary.

Jack and Jason chillen before the tri-tip

Jack and Jason chillen before the tri-tip

What amazing performance by the Old Kennett String Band at Redding CalVet on Knighton Road.  Redding California Veterans Home celebrated their two year anniversary with residents, friends and family.

Did someone say cake after this...

Did someone say cake after this…

Jason Stovall editor/owner of Best Of The North State and  chillen with veteran Loyd.

Jason Stovall & Loyd chillen

Jason Stovall & Loyd chillen

Big shout out to the Old Kennett String Band for making this such a special event with great music and entertainment for all the veterans, friends and family

Old Kennett String Band performed for the veterans , friends, family and volunteers.

Old Kennett String Band performed for the veterans , friends, family and volunteers.



Woody’s Brewing CO 5 Stars ★★★★★ Reviews Making Big Brew Waves

Woody’s Brewing Company in Redding California has qualified as one of the top micro breweries in California.  Besides the exceptional craft beer, their food is an absolute winner for the entire family.  Specifically one of their flagship products: tater tots, yep, once you try them you’ll be craving more.

Source: Woody’s Brewing Co Reviews (530) 768-1034 by Redding Reviews | Best Of The North State Uncut Raw – YouTube

About Woody’s Brewing Co

Woody’s Brewing Co. is a dream of many decades that has finally evolved from a love to consume and brew beer, to all other activities involved with it. We are a brewery that started out with three men’s passion to deliver good beer in a great atmosphere. We are believers of the do it yourself attitude and feel that mantra shines through in our high quality and artfully perfected ales. So… Do it yourself! Because it’s your actions that matter.

Our Head Brewer is Pat Wlodarczyk. Pat has had a vision since he was a young man that he would create award winning beers for people of the masses. He dreamed that someday he would be able to focus solely on brewing beer, which for the past 25 years of his life has been one of his biggest passions. Pat is one of those kinds of people that once you meet them, you are inspired by them. The joy and utmost devotion that he has to perfecting his beers is what people will be amazed about. Pat started brewing on a 1bbl (2 kegs) brewing system that he has been artfully perfecting since installing it in his “Brewhouse” in the year of 2009. Pat is an active member of the “Brewtechs”, which is a local craft brewing group. He has won numerous awards for his brewing styles and has had compliments from world renowned judges and craftsmen throughout the years. Pat knows that his beers will always evolve and he can’t wait to share it with all who accompany Woody’s.


Andrew Wlodarczyk is our Operations Manager. Since Andrew can remember, he always wanted to be a small business owner.  As he grew up, he too had a dream of owning a microbrewery. Just recently (and by recently he means years ago) he found out that his uncle Pat and his father Scott both had dreamed of the same idea for many years as well. Andrew knew that he would need to get a formal education to allow him some type of professional credential. Andrew holds a B.S. degree from California State University of Chico in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. This degree has taught Andrew every “book theory” and “strategy” about owning your own business but has learned that the real lessons start when you put one foot in front of the next.


Our other equally important member of Woody’s is Scott Wlodarczyk. Scott has been in the beer and wine retail and distribution industry for virtually his whole professional career. He started with Lucky’s Market in Sonoma County at age 20 and learned quickly what working the graveyard shift managing the beer and liquor department was like. He decided to move up the distribution channel and received a job with Budweiser. He has since been working for large distribution companies throughout the West Coast from Budweiser out of Napa, California to Columbia Distributing out of Portland, Oregon, to finally making his way to Redding to become a Key Management Supervisor for the past 15 years at Redding Distributing. Scott has vast amounts of knowledge when it comes to successfully marketing and selling beer. Scott is also a certified beer server Cicerone, which means “the dude knows beer”. 

Nor Cal Athletics Fundraiser 2015

My name is Rodney Forseth, Owner of Rods Radiators Inc and also I am the assistant wrestling coach at Simpson University. We are hosting a benefit motorcycle race, the purpose of this fundraising race is to help with travel cost for our team. At Simpson University our students are encouraged to perform community service, with this in mind we have decided to use our fundraiser to also help local youth athletic programs.

This year we have given $10,500.00 worth of tickets for local youth athletic groups to sell, they will keep all of the money they receive for those tickets. We at Simpson wrestling club will run the races and receive money from the racers entry fee and also from the gate. This is the second annual race for Simpson wrestling club, but I had also ran benefit races for the Save Our Sports foundation (1995).

Benefit Motorcycle Races

Youth groups and amount donated to each group that will benefit from the Motorcycle Races at the Redding Rodeo Grounds.

AC -United Soccer                          100 tickets @ $15.00 each = $1500.00

Redding soccer Misfits/Fusion    100 tickets @ $15.00 each = $1500.00

Redding LaCrosse                           100 tickets @ $15.00 each = $1500.00

Enterprise HS Boosters                 100 tickets @ $15.00 each = $1500.00

Shasta HS Soccer & wrestling     100 tickets @ $15.00 each= $1500.00

Foothill HS Boosters                      100 tickets @ $15.00 each = $1500.00

Boulder Creek Boosters                100 tickets @ $15.00 each = $1500.00

                                                                                               Total = $10,500.00

I have more tickets available to give for these and other groups when asked.  The teams keep all of the money from the tickets they sell.

Money received at the gate will go towards helping Simpson Wrestling Club.

100% of all proceeds will go towards youth athletics.

Please check out our facebook page (benefit motorcycle races) where we highlight some of these athletes.

Thank You

Rodney ForsethNor_CalAthletics

Redding Fire Festival

Redding Fire Festival

Redding Fire Festival

Something magical is happening in Redding on Saturday, May 23rd. Those who heed the siren’s song and make their way to the lawn at Caldwell Park’s Carter House Art Gallery between 12:30 pm-9:30 pm will find themselves whisked away on a high seas adventure full of myth and lore. Prepare to encounter majestic merfolk, pilfering pirates and victorious Vikings, but be warned, fair adventurer: Here be dragons! Sea dragons, that is.

This is the 5th Bi-Annual Redding Fire Festival, brought to you by Adrionah “Desert Flower” Hodges, Joshua “Jasmine Mullet” Hottel, and Vendors On the Go. This enchanting event is a local tradition that turns Caldwell Park into a mythic backdrop for a festival full of cirque performances, fire dancing, arts and crafts, food, workshops and more. Children’s activities are provided, and families are encouraged to come and join in on the fun.

Sea of Dragons

Each Redding Fire Festival has a unique theme, and the theme of their spring festival is “Sea of Dragons!” As the weather begins heating up in Redding, many of us are longing for ocean breezes. The festival is nautically-themed with sea dragons, mermaids, Vikings and pirates dominating the scene. Come aboard and refresh your senses!

During the daylight hours, the festival’s focus is centered around non-fire entertainment such as contortionists, musical acts, dancers, and a variety of vendor booths. There will be tasty eats provided by Subarama, Rico’s Tacos, Hawaiian Ice Cream Truck, Kahuna’s Mongolian BBQ and others. Grab a bite to eat and then stroll the open air market populated by unique and vibrant vendors. It’s a medieval bazaar with lots to see! Belly dance and fire dance workshops are also provided, each mythic and mysterious.

When darkness falls, fire reigns. The fire dancers light up the night with their flaming spins and swirls. These professionals use fire with skill and precision, wowing people of all ages with the dazzling display.

Why Fire Dancing?

There is something truly magical about watching a fire dancer at work, twirling and spinning flames in artful patterns and shapes. Fire dancing is a creative outlet for the brave. These artists are willing to get burned every once in a while in order to express what’s in their soul.

To be a fire dancer, one must demonstrate dedication and focus. If the mind drifts during the dance, the result is feeling the heat. In addition to laser focus, a fire dancer must practice long hours in order to build up the coordination and strength needed to go through an entire flow routine. Fire dancers exude a self-confident vibe and stay cool under pressure because they know what they’re capable of, and they’ve mastered the art of becoming one with the flow.

Everyone should have a creative outlet, and for some people, the adrenaline-pumping act of literally playing with fire is where it’s at. Mastering a primal element, dancing in flames and connecting with an audience are cornerstones of fire culture. Responsibility is also a recurring theme of a fire dancer’s life, with fire safety being a top priority in their day-to-day existence.

Fire Dancer Desert Flower

Adrionah Hodges, AKA Desert Flower, embodies the fire culture lifestyle. She travels extensively, bringing her special brand of fire dancing to venues all over the country. When she’s not performing, she calls Redding, California her home. After seeing the positive impact fire dancing can have on people, she decided to share some of the magic with her home community. Thus, the Redding Fire Festival was born.

The Redding Fire Festival has become a local tradition that showcases cirque and fire culture, giving the local community an opportunity to witness these amazing artforms firsthand. Some audience members go on to take up spinning themselves, having been bitten by the fire bug during the festival (although lessons and proper fire safety protocols are heavily encouraged). Adrionah and the various Redding Fire Festival instructors offer lessons to those who are interested, always with a strong focus on fire safety and artistry.

Adrionah is community-minded, with a strong desire to inspire her hometown with stunning displays of radical art. Her festival is a colorful, dazzling gift to our community, and an invite to play with fire every once in a while.

This is entertainment that you just won’t find anywhere else.

Spotlight “Tony Chang,MD MS”

Dr. Tony Chang
Board Certified, Family Medicine
Board Certified, Fellowship Trained, Sports Medicine, Spine and Therapeutic Injections
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California, Davis

Joining Shasta Orthopaedics in September 2010, Dr. Chang adds an exciting skill set to our Sports Medicine Program.

As a primary care Sports Medicine Physician, Dr. Chang looks at athletes from multiple perspectives, including nutrition and general health issues, that provide important insight to complement to the very focused expertise of our Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Physicians, Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers.

Dr. Chang’s experience includes:

Team Physician, Shasta College athletic programs
Team Physician, Simpson University athletic programs
Team Physican, Justin Boots Sports Medicine Team for PRCA (the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association)
Team Physician, USA Boxing/MMA Association
Helping prepare the USA Olympic Ski Team and Jamaica Ski Teams for the Vancouver Olympics
Nevada Sports Medicine team physician for more than 400 Division I student athletes, both locally and as their traveling physician during competitions
Associate Medical Director to Tahoe Rim Trail Ultra Endurance Run and coordinated medical team
Extensive writing and publication on critical sports medicine topics
Dr. Chang’s impressive training and education includes:

Sports Medicine Fellowship from the University of Nevada, Reno
Board Certification in Family Medicine from the University of California, Davis, including a Family Medicine Residency at Mercy Medical Center, Redding
Surgery Internship at the University of Southern California
Clinical Research at the University of California Los Angeles Comprehensive Spine Center
Medical Doctorate from St. George’s University School of Medicine
Master of Science in Biomedical Science from the University of Miami, Barrychang_main
Completion of the Health Careers Program at Harvard University
BA Human Biodynamics/Integrated Biology at the University of California, Berkeley
Joint and spine therapeutic injections
Sports nutrition, performance, and enhancement
Mixed martial arts/boxing, scuba diving
“Dr. Chang is fluent and literate in four languages: Mandarin, Taiwanese, Japanese, and English. In his spare time, he enjoys building golf clubs, tennis, surfing, snowboarding, playing guitar, and cooking.

A patient wrote this about Tony Chang:
I started seeing Dr. Tony Chang at Shasta orthopedic a year ago. Over the last year I have received amazing care. He is great with cortisone shots that are almost pain free. He is a wonderful hands on Orthopedic doctor who truly cares about his patients. He also has a chiropractor, podiatrist, x ray, MRI and a pharmacy on site.

Dr Tony Chang will be at the Redding Rodeo with full medical care. For those of you who are participating in the Redding Rodeo stop in and meet a great doctor in person. From somebody who is squeamish about needles and doctors Dr. Chang always makes me feel at ease. He is the best in Redding. He is near Shasta Regional Hospital on Liberty.”
1255 Liberty St. Redding CA. 96001 #(530)246-2467


WALK/RUN FOR THEIR LIVES 2015: COME AND JOIN THE FUN! Another fruitful year has come. That is why Care Net Pregnancy Center of Northern California is heading up again and was all the way prepared for a fund raising occasion also known as “Walk/Run for Their Lives.” It is going to transpire on April 18, 2015, Friday at the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay! Partakers, including grandparents, parents and their children can register to walk 2 miles or run a 5 kilometers and then ask family and friends to be benefactors for them. This seems to be a great and perfect happening for the entire family members. The said event include: food and drinks for everyone, bombastic and lively music for parents and other adults, colorful face painting and balloon animals, bounce house for your children, and the much awaited awarding ceremony and so much more surprises and activities!Pre-Registration is up and available until April 17, 2015, 12:00 pm. Registration fee is $5 for 2 miles walk, $25 for 5 kilometers fun run Day of Event $10 walk/$50 run. After the events, 100% of the proceeds will go to the Care Net Pregnancy Center solely in Redding. Care Net Pregnancy Center is a non-profit organization that does serve thousands of families in the community and preserves its doors open by the generous grants and donations of kind-hearted individuals and business establishments of the Shasta County. Services include pregnancy tests, parenting education, ultrasound, nutrition classes, baby needs (diapers, clothes, furniture, etc.), options counseling, post abortion counseling and support for the hundreds of women and men who come through our door who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies. All of Care Net Pregnancy Center’s services are absolutely FREE. Our vision is to save lives, heal hearts, and minister compassion. You can find its Facebook page at and its website at Care Net Pregnancy Center of Northern California is a Non-Profit Pregnancy Counseling Organization with offices in Redding and Red Bluff, California. For more information regarding the event, you can give them a call or email with the addresses below. Redding Location 2460 Athens Avenue Redding, CA 96001 (530) 246.7075 info@carenetnorcal.orgRed Bluff Location 810 Main Street Red Bluff, CA 96080 (530) 528.8102 @Redding Reviews @ Care Net Pregnancy Center #BestOfTheNorthState #

Living Hope Compassion Ministries


We are a community that is learning what it looks like to love God and love one another. When it comes to following Jesus we believe that the greatest sermon we could preach is the sermon of our lives. Our family at Living Hope is shouting the gospel with our lives!

Living Hope is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to love and serve low-income families and individuals in Redding by serving them in tangible ways. We are inviting people into an interactive exchange of services. Our food distribution has developed into what is called Neighborhood Networks, a new form of food cooperatives. This model of food distribution is an interactive way of engaging with our clients in ways that involve more dignity and accountability. We are trying to address the greatest needs among the poor in our community and strive to go deeper with people to see holistic transformation. Some of the greatest needs in our community that are not being addressed among the poor are employment opportunity and vocational training. We have witnessed these glaring needs and are in the process of developing tangible ways to help address these needs through our non-profit restaurant called “The Shack”, Life Cycles Bike Shop, and The Wood Shop. We are making every effort to create an environment in which people can come as they are, grow, and develop so they no longer need our services.

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Woodys Brewing CO Beats Peanut Butter On Pancakes

Woodys Brewing CO
Okay, so this has nothing to do with comparing a pancake smothered with peanut butter to one of the Best Of The North State microbreweries, Woodys Brewing Company.  A quick overview of microbreweries first.

California Craft Beer Exploding
Microbrewery growth especially in California has boomed. Who would have thought that out of all the states California is the number one American crafts beer capital with Washington being second and Colorado being third?

As of 2014, there were 3,418 craft brewers in the U.S., an increase of nearly 20% over the year before.  Craft beer production rose 42% last year, and for the first time ever, craft brews accounted for more than 10% of all beer sales in America.   Woodys Brewing CO was in that 3,418.

Why Woodys Brewing Company Beats Peanut Butter On Pancakes?
Had a friend tell me about this place several months ago and was anxious to do a shout out about it especially since I’m a serious foodie guy that loves writing about the food, drink and entertainment industry.  You could say I’m La Cafe News.
When a musician friend from Sacramento and I pulled up we were amazed at all the vehicles parked in front of the establishment.  “This is good a good sign” I said out loud.  When walking in we were greeted with the soothing sound of chatting people.

When seated we noticed how simple and streamline the menu was designed, the video explains this.  Decided to order the Fish & Chips or should say Fish & Tater Tots.  When taking the first bite of the lightly battered fish you knew this was no frozen fish, we’re talking extremely fresh. The crispy freshness was matched with a bite out of the tater tot; I have to say, this by far are the best tater tots I have ever had in my life.  The tots are made from scratch and the outside of the golden brown crunchy skin is garnished with medium fresh garlic, kaboom baby!

Fresh Real Fresh
Scott one of the owners out of three and the hostess explained that everything is made from scratch and the chefs work together to achieve the ultimate foodie experience.  Could go on about the whole foodie experience and ambiance at Woodys Brewing Co but drinking their sampler of micro brews was a real pleasure.  How can you say one was better than the other when they were all good?  I compared my dire straights like playing that Chucky Cheese game beating the gophers over the head as they randomly popped their head up through the holes and you tried to bang them with that bulky soft mallet, which one which one?

Redding Reviews and Best Of The North State will be doing another shout out on this amazing local business in the near future and their vision.  Writing about their vision and goals is another editorial in itself but have to say the residents of Redding CA and NorCal are in for a big surprise.

Until next time, hold the peanut butter on those pancakes!

Woody’s Microbrewery

A little about Woody’s:
Woody’s Brewing Co. is a dream of many decades that has finally evolved from a love to consume and brew beer, to all other activities involved with it. We are a brewery that started out with three men’s passion to deliver good beer in a great atmosphere. We are believers of the do it yourself attitude and feel that mantra shines through in our high quality and artfully perfected ales. So… Do it yourself! Because it’s your actions that matter.



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