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Things to do in Redding CA on St Patty’s Day 2016 a Big Hit – The day after

Things to do in Redding CA on St Patty’s day was a smashing hit, to say the least.  A variety of St Patrick’s events in Redding CA were many.  Everywhere you went it was common to see many shades of green, green beer, green shirts, green hats and green clover stickers and yes green paint on parts of the human anatomy.
Trying to capture just the main festivities took a herculean task within allowed time restraints.
The Need to Rush made for quite a challenge because of the many events happening at the same time.
After slamming down a protein drink and grabbing my gear I headed downtown to capture some of the highlighted festivities, it all started getting intense after parking my car in the underground parking lot of the old downtown mall area.  After parking my vehicle, to my dismay I had stepped out into a group of highly decorated green females that looked like they could have played a part in a Star Trek episode with Captain James T Kirk of the  USS Enterprise, (that lucky devil)!   

Partying with DJ Dun Gun at The Dip on St Patty's Day 2016
Partying with DJ Dun Gun at The Dip on St Patty’s Day 2016

After capturing the bagpipers at Shameless, I bounced over to The Dip across the street where things were blowing up green with famous local DJ Bucky Dun Gun.

Bucky Dun Gun DJ playing at The Dip in Redding CA on St Patty's day 2016
Bucky Dun Gun DJ playing at The Dip in Redding CA on St Patty’s day 2016

Visitors from SF
Woman from SF visiting The Dip along with DJ Dun Gun

Bagpipers were scheduled to play at 12:00, 3:00 & 6:00 O’clock at Shameless O’Leery’s.  Getting there about 5:45 with gear in hand and ready to shoot the last appearance and it finally happened at around 7:20, long wait indeed but have to say it was worth every minute.  If you watch close enough you will see something funny and totally unexpected happen to one of the female bagpipers, look at the video below. 

After capturing the bagpipers at Shameless O’Leery’s I came across individuals that were really into celebrating St Patty’s day here in the north state, you can see some of the pics within this post. 

Pro Boxer Alex Cortes
Profissional Boxer Alex Cortes visiting The Dip with home boy

In many establishments across City of Redding and the greater Shasta County, it was an amazing experience to see people from all walks of life celebrating St Patty’s day here in NorCal.
Final wrap up, we received this breaking news about a baby boy being sentenced to house arrest for getting too rough with his stuffed leprechaun toy on St Patty’s Day in Redding CA….

Baby On House Arrest After Getting to Rough With Leprechaun Stuffed toy on St Patty's Day
Baby On House Arrest After Getting to Rough With Leprechaun Stuffed toy on St Patty’s Day

St Patricks Day Redding CA 2016 | Things To Do in Redding CA | Events & Specials

St Patricks Day Redding CA 2016 Events & Specials
St Patrick’s day in Redding California
is a big deal here in the north state.  St Patty’s day has a rich history and culture that goes back hundreds of years ago.   St. Patrick, or the “Apostle of Ireland,” actually started out in the pagan religion. While not much is known about his early life, as many of his life’s details lost to folklore, letters from St. Patrick reveal that he was captured in Wales, Scotland, or another close area outside of Ireland and taken to Ireland as a slave. Years later, he escaped and returned to his family, who were Romans living in Britain, going back to Ireland for mission work after finding a place as a cleric and then Bishop within the Christian faith. He was born around 460, and by the 600s, he is already known as the Patron Saint of Ireland.
Shamless Olerrys Redding CA-Woodys Brewing CO-Best Of The North State
There are many legends associated with St. Patrick. The symbol of the shamrock used for St. Patrick’s Day comes from the story of St. Patrick using the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity. The three-leafed plant coincided with the Pagan religion’s sanctity of the number three and is the root of the green color theme.

Another popular belief is that St. Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland. The story says that while St. Patrick was fasting, snakes attacked him, so he chased all snakes into the ocean. However, there have never been snakes in Ireland during the post-glacial period. The absence of snakes and symbolism involved with snakes is believed to explain the story, although it could have been referring to a type of worm rather than snakes. One legend has St. Patrick sticking a walking stick into the ground while evangelizing, which turned into a tree, CLICK HERE for detailed information and reference.

St Patty’s day here in Redding CA and other north state communities enjoy this time of the year and celebrate it with fantastic food, drink, and festivities.  Some of the local eateries and pubs will be celebrating with the traditional corn beef and cabbage. While some will be adding a twist like Woody’s Brewing Co offering a Dublin Cheese Steak dish and let’s don’t forget the traditional bagpipers that will be playing at Shameless O’Leery’s at 12:00, 3:00 and 6:00 o’clock Thursday the 17th.

Below I created a short video explaining the events going on and where to go to participate in traditional Irish event.

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 ReddingReviews.com  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.

 

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 https://www.facebook.com/Shasta.Orthopaedics

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!

Starlight Music Jamboree By Gover Ranch A Big Hit

When hearing about the Gover Ranch Starlight Music Jamboree there was no doubt that I wanted to go and see what all the big noise was about.
Who wouldn’t want to have fun with family and friends at of all places “Gover Ranch” like this couple that was there.
Starlight Music Jamboree CoupleGover Ranch known for it’s decades of family tradition in hosting some of the best weddings and getaways in California is now stepping out of that comfort zone by diversifying into more community and family events, starting with the Starlight Music Jamboree.

After informing some of my friends of this community event, to listen to live diversified bands play at the Gover Ranch, they were all in and what a time it was indeed.

When showing up we were meet by a security that asked if we were going to be drinking and if so to show ID.
After parking the vehicle my guest and I were meet with the laughter of kids running and playing in the yard not to far from a designated volleyball area, which by the way looked like allot of fun.
Was really impressed with a variety of things for kids and family to get involved in like face painting and other activities,
this little guy seemed like he enjoyed his.
Face Painting The bands were amazing to say the least.   Starlight Music Jamboree did a great job in mixing up the variety and genre of music from reggae to rock just to mention a few.
Sound ManOverall this was a family festivity that was worth bringing the family and friends to.
Big kudos goes out to Delaney Rene, Gover Ranch, staff, family and friends that made this a smashing success for NorCal.

Final thought. If this is any kind of sign of a continuous flow of great events to happen in North California…sign me up!

As the sun was setting we were able to catch a beautiful sunset that made this tree look like it was on fire.
Sunset Tree On Fire

California Brewing Company Hot NorCal Micro Brewery

Secret NorCal Gem  
Have you ever came across something that you wanted to shout to the world about, something so good that you just couldn’t keep quiet about it?

Best Of The North State and Redding Reviews have found a secret brewing company that needs to be revealed to north state residence and to the world as far as that matters.

California Brewing Company
When we were covering the Viva Downtown 2014 Beer and Wine Festival we came across the a handcraft brewing company that will make you setup and take notice.
California Brewing Company located at 9348 Deschutes Road Palo Cedro, CA 96073 were serving chilled handcrafted beers with a smile.
California Brewing CompanySix Beers
California Brewing Company offers six types of beers, Blond, Pale. IPA, Wheat, Brown and a Stout.
This NorCal micro brewery is a serious contender for one of the best beer breweries in northern California.
These amazing beers are all handcrafted right on the premises here in Palo Cedro.  Their label motto is “Fresh Brewed Attitude” when tasting these amazing beers you will see why the motto is so fitting.

To Be Continued
Best Of The North State & Redding Reviews are so jazzed about this little brew gem that we will be doing a more detailed editorial write up on California Brewing Company in the near future.

Cheers Mate

Jason Stovall
Chief Editor

Chief Editor @ReddingReviews
Chief Editor @ ReddingReviews.com & BestOfTheNorthState.com

Market Street Steak House Served Amazing Samples At Beer & Wine Festival

Big shout out goes to Market Street Steak House for being at the 2014 Beer and Wine Festival and serving up great samples.

Kenny Breedlove himself was serving it up at this awesome 2014 NorCal event.
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Kenny Breedlove and Wes Matthews co-owners of the amazing Market Street Steak House established a high end eatery in Redding California in 2006 .  Served up samples here at the Viva Downtown 2014 Beer and Wine Festival.  Best OF The North State and Redding  Reviews were there to enjoy the festivities.

Market St. Steakhouse proudly serves U.S.D.A. Prime and Reserve Choice beef. These two grades make up the top 8 percent of all beef served in the U.S. Their thick-cut, Mid-Western, corn-fed beef is aged at least 21 days for maximum flavor and tenderness.

However, perfect steaks fill just one page of the Market Street Steakhouse menu. With dishes such as: Stuffed chicken breast, maple glazed pork tenderloin, gourmet salads and daily fresh fish specials there is a little something for everyone. For those of you with smaller appetites Market Street Steakhouse features any array of appetizers that you can enjoy at the bar or at your table.

The bar is fully stocked with some of the finest tequila’s, single malt scotches and Cognacs aged up to 100 years. The wine list boasts a selection of 75 unique wines, from the best regions in the world.