Redding news roundup (December 2021): Traffic flowing after collisions, spinouts on I-5, Hwy 44

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Traffic is flowing again on Highway 44 and Interstate 5 after collisions and spinouts tied it up Saturday afternoon, according to the California Department of Transportation.

Shasta County: Traffic is now flowing normally on Highway 44 near Millers Ranch Road, Caltrans said.

One-way traffic controls were in effect until 4:45 p.m. Saturday due to a multi-vehicle collision.

A previous report should have said the collision was east of Redding.

Tehama County: All lanes are open on Interstate 5 near Hooker Creek Road in Cottonwood after a multi-vehicle spinout blocked all lanes, Caltrans said.

Both incidents occurred between 1 and 3 p.m.

— Jessica Skropanic

Sign outside the state Department of Transportation's District 2 office off Riverside Drive in Redding.
Sign outside the state Department of Transportation's District 2 office off Riverside Drive in Redding.

Blue Santas spread holiday cheer to Redding families

Dec. 18, 2021

A jolly, blue Santa Claus riding in the passenger seat of a red, white, and blue police car drove across Redding on a route to deliver gifts and spread holiday cheer.

That Santa was one of two blue St. Nicks, who on Saturday visited at least 84 children to give them presents and snap pictures.

Redding police officer Nicole Rempfer said her department celebrated its 30th anniversary running the Blue Santa program by increasing the number of families it gifts to more than 30 from the usual 15 to 19.

The families are chosen after being referred to the police department by community organizations and school resource officers, Rempfer said. And extra gifts are distributed to children living in the families' neighborhoods, she said.

Because of the number of families participating in the program, there were two blue Santas covering the city, Rempfer said. Each had a caravan of officers, their families, and partner agencies, such as Redding Electricity Utility, following them on their route.

One of the blue Santas had a route that included visits to Mercy Medical Center NICU, One Safe Place and River Commons Senior Living on Hartnell Avenue.

Each child received four to six gifts that ranged from clothing to toys and stuffed animals to books and even bikes, Rempfer said.

— Nada Atieh

Redding City Ballet performs 'Nutcracker' this week

Monday, Dec. 6

The Redding City Ballet performs it's version of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet in "The Nutcracker — Reimagined."

Performances are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday Dec. 10 and 17, and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 11 and 18, at the Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge, 820 Sundial Bridge Drive in Redding.

Tickets are $32.64, $22.13 for children; cost includes online processing fees. Family packages are available. Go to https://bit.ly/3ECrqEs or ReddingCityBallet.org to purchase.

For more information call the Redding Arts Project at 530-245-1019, email info@thereddingartsproject.com or visit RAP at 1726 Market St. in Redding.

— Jessica Skropanic

The Redding City Ballet performs it's version of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet in "The Nutcracker — Reimagined" on Friday and Saturday in Redding.
The Redding City Ballet performs it's version of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet in "The Nutcracker — Reimagined" on Friday and Saturday in Redding.

Symphony performs holiday concert

Monday, Dec. 6

The North State Symphony performs its annual holiday concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 12 at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 2150 Benton Drive in Redding.

Guest soloist is Young Artist Winner, baritone Valdis Birznieks.

On the program is Schiassi's "Christmas Symphony," Mozart's "Divertimento," Karlowicz' "Serenade for Strings," Purcell's "If Music Be the Food of Love" and a selection of Christmas carols including "O Holy Night," "Chestnuts Roasting" and "Sleigh Ride." The audience is invited to participate in a sing-a-long.

Tickets cost $30, $15 for children. Go to https://bit.ly/3Gn0Orw or buy at the Cascade box office at 1733 Market St. in Redding.

For more information call 530-898-5984.

— Jessica Skropanic

Fleck, Bluegrass band play at Cascade

Monday, Dec. 6

Béla Fleck and the Bluegrass Allstars take the Cascade Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday Dec. 10.

Banjo player Fleck's music earned him 15 Grammy awards in nine fields, including country, pop, jazz, instrumental, classical and world. This year, he returns with his first bluegrass tour in 24 years, "My Bluegrass Heart." — the third chapter of a trilogy which began with the 1988 album "Drive" and continued in 1991 with "The Bluegrass Sessions."

Béla Fleck and the Bluegrass Allstars perform Friday at the Cascade Theatre in Redding.
Béla Fleck and the Bluegrass Allstars perform Friday at the Cascade Theatre in Redding.

Other artists performing include mandolinist Sam Bush, fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer, guitarist Bryan Sutton and dobro master Jerry Douglas.

Tickets are $55 to $69. To purchase call 530-243-8877, go to https://bit.ly/3orqjBM or visit the box office at 1733 Market St. in Redding.

For more information go to https://bit.ly/3orqjBM.

— Jessica Skropanic

Tickets on sale for Celtic Christmas in Redding

Monday, Dec. 6

Tickets are on sale for Tomáseen Foley’s "A Celtic Christmas," an annual holiday tradition at the Cascade Theatre, 1735 Market St. in Redding.

This year, the show features new stories, music and dances that celebrate Christmas and Irish culture.

The performance is at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 21.

Tickets are $26 to $44. To purchase, visit the box office at 1733 Market St. in Redding, call 530-243-8877 or go to cascadetheatre.org.

People entering the theater must have a temperature check at the door, and masks are required, according to the theater's website.

For more information call the Cascade Theatre at 530-243-8886.

— Jessica Skropanic

Redding Christmas tree lights up for a holiday first; steam whistle adds to fun

Saturday, Dec. 4

Hundreds of people witnessed a first Friday night as the lights were turned on for Redding's downtown Christmas tree.

The tree was lit up for the 102nd time in the city's history, but it was the first time the ceremony took place since the modernized Market Street block reopened to traffic back in February.

Last year, the tree's lights were switched on during a livestream on Viva Downtown's Facebook page. The virtual event was held to discourage children and families from attending due to the pandemic.

People took pictures and milled around Redding's downtown Christmas tree after its lights were turned on at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
People took pictures and milled around Redding's downtown Christmas tree after its lights were turned on at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.

"This is in person," said Blake Fisher of Viva Downtown. "It's the 102nd Christmas tree lighting. It's the third year in its restored, original location and it's the first year that people can experience this Christmas tree since the revitalized streets reopened."

Simpson University students Nichole Martinez, left, and Charlie King pose in front of Redding's downtown Christmas tree after it was lit up Friday night, Dec. 3, 2021.
Simpson University students Nichole Martinez, left, and Charlie King pose in front of Redding's downtown Christmas tree after it was lit up Friday night, Dec. 3, 2021.

Preceeding the 7 p.m. tree lighting at Market and Yuba streets, the steam whistle down the block blasted at its usual 5 p.m. Friday time, but with thumping holiday-themed music. It sounded off a few minutes later for an encore. Later, the steam whistle puffed again against the night sky following the tree lighting.

The downtown steam whistle blew its stacks several times Friday evening in celebration of the lighting of Redding's Christmas tree on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
The downtown steam whistle blew its stacks several times Friday evening in celebration of the lighting of Redding's Christmas tree on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.

The crowd was treated to a holiday auto display by the Shasta Classic Car Club in conjunction with Kool April Nites. The I.O.O.F. Hall also was open for the viewing of Art Hunger’s Winter Gallery.

— Mike Chapman

Shasta community organizations to host winter coat giveaway Dec. 10

Saturday, Dec. 4

Shasta County Child Support and Shasta County Community Action Agency are partnering to host a winter coat giveaway for children on Friday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The drive-thru distribution will be at the Shasta County Department of Child Support Services at 2600 Park Marina Dr. in Redding. Distribution is needs based and registration is required, according to the organization’s press release.

To register online, click here. For more information (530) 229-8775, (530) 229-8845 or email childsupport@co.shasta.ca.us.

Shasta College hosts Christmas Fair, tree sale

Wednesday Dec. 1

Shasta College’s annual Country Christmas Fair is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Shasta College Farm on the main campus in Redding.

Activities include a farm animal petting zoo, hay rides, holiday crafts for children, a family photo booth, a bouncy house, and campus clubs and vendors selling gifts and food items. Visit with Santa from noon to 1 p.m. The college's Phi Theta Kappa chapter will sell food, including a full breakfast, lunch and snack items.

The college's annual Christmas tree sale is the same as fair hours this year. Trees for sale include Douglas Firs, Noble Firs, Silver Tips, Grand Firs and Nordmann Firs. Shoppers can drink free coffee and hot chocolate while they browse through the trees. Tree trimming and netting is free. Trees are available on a first come, first served basis; there are no appointments or presales this year. Military and first responder discounts are available at checkout. Bring six non-perishable canned food items to donate to the Good News Rescue mission and get $3 off one tree.

The fair and tree sale are hosted by the Shasta College Agriculture Leadership Club. Proceeds from the fair benefit the club and contribute to scholarships, professional development and travel for agriculture industry field trips.

For more information call 530-242-2209, email aharl@shastacollege.edu or go to the Ag Club's Facebook page at https://bit.ly/3rfeZdV.

— Jessica Skropanic

Shasta College hosts its annual Country Christmas Fair this weekend at the Shasta College Farm on the main campus in Redding.
Shasta College hosts its annual Country Christmas Fair this weekend at the Shasta College Farm on the main campus in Redding.

Christmas parade marches through downtown Redding

Wednesday Dec. 1

The 40th annual Redding Lighted Christmas Parade is from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday in downtown Redding.

This year's theme is "Christmas through the decades" — a shout out to the parade's 40-year history. Floats have period themes and costumes.

The parade includes floats, music played by marching bands, performers and other features — all using lights to celebrate the holiday season.

For more information or to enter a float go to www.reddingchristmasparade.com/entry-form.

— Jessica Skropanic

Chico band Blü Egyptian will perform at Cedar Crest Brewing in Redding on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021
Chico band Blü Egyptian will perform at Cedar Crest Brewing in Redding on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021

Chico band brings dance beat to Redding brewery

Wednesday Dec. 1

Chico band Blü Egyptian performs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at Cedar Crest Brewing, 1475 Placer St., suite B, in Redding.

This four-piece band — guitar, fiddle/synth, bass and drums — performs original music by guitarist and singer Don Jules. The style is an infectious dance groove woven from bluegrass, funk, rock and world music.

Admission is free.

For more information visit the band's website at https://bit.ly/3l1VAca or the brewery's at cedarcrestbrewing.com.

— Jessica Skropanic

Country singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson performs at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, Mich., on June 26, 2021.
Country singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson performs at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, Mich., on June 26, 2021.

Country artist returns to Cascade

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Country singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson performs at the Cascade Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday Dec. 8.

Johnson's album "That Lonesome Song" went platinum in 2008, and he has been nominated 11 times for Grammy awards.

Tickets cost $55 to $70. To purchase tickets visit the box office at 1733 Market St. in Redding, call 530-243-8877 or go to cascadetheatre.org.

The concert takes place at 1735 Market St. All people entering the theater must have a temperature check at the door, and masks are required, according to the theater's website.

For more information call the Cascade Theatre at 530-243-8886.

— Jessica Skropanic

Colleges collaborate for Christmas concert

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Simpson University choirs and the Shasta Symphony Orchestra present their annual Christmas concert entitled "Hope and Home" from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Simpson University, 2211 College View Drive in Redding.

The holiday music program includes Christmas classics.

Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, $5 for students and people ages 18 and younger.

To purchase tickets go to www.eventbrite.com or buy at the box office an hour prior to showtime.

For more information call 530-226-4507 or email music@simpsonu.edu.

— Jessica Skropanic

Bethel hosts Christmas murder mystery

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Bethel Conservatory of the Arts will perform a family-friendly murder mystery from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the theater, 1040 Locust St. in Redding.

The comedy play "A Deadly Holiday" takes place in the snowy mountains of Appalachia in the 1940s. This is the conservatory's first performance of an original work. It stars members of the school's senior class.

Tickets are $25.

For more information or to buy tickets go to https://bit.ly/3I82Jlh.

— Jessica Skropanic

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