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Downtown Summer Festival – Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds! Aug 9

You are invited to join us
for this Summer Festival as the evening cools and the stars come out

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
come to Redding for the first time for a
Downtown Summer Festival.
Join us for this big band experience in
Downtown Redding

Sister Sparrow photo credit Shervin Lainez_sml

Known far and wide as the impossibly big voiced leader of acclaimed soul collective Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, singer Arleigh Kincheloe has made an astonishing leap forward with her new album, GOLD.

For nearly a decade, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds have been hailed for their explosive brand of modern soul, equally celebrated for their three studio albums and electrifying live performances. She grew up amongst an intensely musical family in upstate New York’s Catskill Mountains, cofounding Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds with her brother Jackson at just 18.

With flavors of folk, rock, and pop now fully fused with her traditional soul approach to create what is certainly the most sensual and emotionally diverse music of her career, Sister Sparrow is excited to play in Downtown Redding for the first time, eager to introduce fans old and new to her expanded musical vision.

Sister Sparrow NYE 2016 FTC

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
California Street Labs After Sunset
a new way to get together with friends
and have a great time on a Friday night


$25 Advance / $30 Week of Show
Here Now:  Eventbrite SISTER SPARROW
Direct:  Shasta Living Streets, 1313 California St. 530.355.2230

YOUTH $10 10-19 years / At our office or at the door day of show
KIDS FREE under ten years

California Street Labs
1313 California Street, Downtown Redding

Shasta Living Streets
Providing amenities • Creating community • Empowering people: for better bikeways, trails, walkable cities and vibrant public places

Jefferson Public Radio
Miracle Mile Records

Redding Roots Revival Festival


BIKE.  Bike to the show, park your bike at the Bike Depot on site,  and receive a coupon for a free snack item.
DRIVE.  There is ample free parking in Downtown Redding.  Large parking lots are directly adjacent to this site  to the north, west, and south.

California Street Labs

California Street New Labs is a place for community members to come together to test ideas and actions that build a vibrant downtown and a great city.  This project supports artists, residents, entrepreneurs, business and organizational partners to refresh and uplift our city.  Activities and prototypes as well as shows and entertainment are designed to help people connect, contribute, address challenges and have fun together.  Open to the public twice per week.

Photo of Arleigh Kincheloe byShervin Lainez
Photo of show Mike Thut



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Join or Renew Today ~ Your donation will be doubled & bike tour raffle

providing amenities · creating community · empowering people

What are your dreams for a safe, connected bike network? For trails through the city? For a vibrant, walkable downtown? For community-wide active living excellence that boosts business and regional economy?  Our members make this success possible.

Please join us today and help build active living excellence in our community that will help revitalize our city and our region.

Two donations are better than one
A generous donation from an avid Redding cyclist will double your contribution this season.  Please take advantage of this enthusiasm and kindness to join today and help grow the numbers of people working to create safe, connected networks for biking and walking, and vibrant public places in our city and region.


Each new and returning member will be entered into a raffle to win a Custom Pedal-Assist Bike Tour for you and your friends. We will raffle three tours for members joining through December 31st.

Ways to Give

Online.  You can join by giving here

North State Giving Tuesday.   You can schedule a donation today, or give on Tuesday, November 27th.   See our video and profile and give at this link

Visit us in person.   At the Shasta Bike Depot at 1313 California Street, Downtown Redding.  Open to the public every Thursday & Saturday, 11 – 7PM, or call for appointment.  530.355.2230

Business Memberships.  Our business members are valuable partners to create the strong community support needed to build active living excellence that creates healthier citizens, attracts employees, builds a stronger local economy, and provides better transportation for everyone.

Doing Better at What We Do Best

Following the Carr Fire Shasta Living Streets is focused on doing better at what we do best. We build more prosperous communities by providing amenities, creating community and empowering people to develop great cities and active living excellence in our region.

In the past three years we have worked with our agencies and local community organizations who have come together like never before to revitalize our region.  The scope of new city and regional plans and projects is transformational, including two of the state’s largest Sustainable Community grants with transportation improvements and affordable housing.  But the projects are not yet built – we have lots of work to do, and then the fire hit, and our community is struggling.  Our region is poised to be a model for active living, but only If we continue to move forward and shape our future to benefit families and businesses.

Shasta Bike Depot, Phase I.  21st Century amenities to empower and encourage cycling excellence and trail tourism to raise Redding and Shasta County into the ranks of top places for active and healthy living.  Serves: people interested in biking, walking, trails, and transit.

California Street Labs.  A place for community members to come together to test ideas and actions that build a vibrant downtown and a great city.  The project supports artists, residents, entrepreneurs, businesses and organizational partners to refresh and uplift our city.  We invite people to create activities and prototypes, shows and entertainment to help people connect, contribute, address challenges and have fun together.

Donations and membership fees must be submitted December 31 to be eligible for matching and to enter the raffle to win a thank you gift of the Custom Pedal-Assist Bike Tour.

Shasta Bike Depot is open every Thursday & Saturday, 11 – 7PM
1313 California Street, Redding, CA  96001

With your help Shasta Living Streets will continue to innovate new programs and services, help shift public vision and understanding, partner with local agencies and support projects that bring new amenities, more funding and breakthrough change to our community.


Join Us & Participate at the California Street Labs


Join us in this new venture where community members and groups come together to test ideas and actions that build a vibrant downtown and a great city.

Like the idea – but not sure how you want to participate? 
Come visit, tour the space, and talk with us to learn about the many ways you can contribute.  Or contact us to discuss opportunities at / 530.355.2230.




Every Thursday 5:30 pm
German class for beginners
Learn the basics of the German language with no past experience necessary.

Saturday, April 27 

Whiskeytown Environmental School Community – Special Tie-dye t-shirt production

Run4Salmon Experience – Art & Activities
Between 12am-6pm a Melee Mural will be erected and displayed, there will be interactive salmon art projects for children, and Winnemem Photography displayed.

Vendors will include: Winnemem Jewelry/T-shirt sales, Ron’s Chico Bike Shop bicycle furniture, Native Roots Network, Women’s Health Specialists, Wild and Science Film Festival, and interactive salmon support projects.
12:30am-1:15pm Musical performance by Jesi Naomi
2-2:45 pm Musical performance by Alice DiMicele
3-3:30pm When Salmon Speak Forum
3:45-4:30pm Hip Hop performance by Stewie G.
4:45-5:30pm Musical performance by Desirae Harp

May 2
KIXE First Thursday of the Month
Activities 5:30 Film 7:00PM
Free and open to public! Will be showing a different movie each time. Bring friends and family to enjoy games, art, and kids programming.

May 4
Pop-up Professors, Shasta College
Come down for the chance to meet Shasta College professors and hear them talk about their disciplines and share information about the opportunities at Shasta College!
Subjects presented will include:
World Languages
6-8:30, Presentations 7-8PM

May 9
Virtual Reality Demo with Ben from Redding VR
Experience the cutting-edge entertainment offered by virtual reality! Ben from Redding VR will walk you through how to enjoy this exciting new form of media.

North State Symphony – Conduct Us!
Enjoy live music from the North State Symphony with a twist: they’ll be conducted by you! 5:30 – 7:30

May 18
Spring Wellness Festival


More information in this overview document, with participation and pop-up vendor information.


What we Hope to Achieve at California Street Labs
Increase activities in downtown
Create experiences for people to enjoy
Help connect the many people working to improve our city
Provide a space to prototype ideas for downtown
Build resources while major projects are underway


Guiding Themes for Activities and Prototypes
Activities and prototypes as well as shows and entertainment are designed to help people connect, contribute, address challenges and have fun together.  These guiding themes are open to interpretation and broad enough to leave room for a wide range of topics, activities and speakers.


Contact us with questions or to discuss your ideas.  We look forward to hearing from you!



MarchFourth! at the Downtown Fall Festival

MarchFourth returns to Redding for a Downtown Fall Festival!

Friday October 26th
at the California Street Labs Courtyard

MarchFourth is a joy-inducing force of entertainment. The colorful explosion of brassy funk, rock, and jazz is all about the groove. This larger-than-life group of musicians and acrobats tours the country year-round, bringing a spirit of celebration wherever they go. MarchFourth is, in a word, FUN!  This is a big-band show not to be missed.  Join us!

“From the first note to the last, the sound was pumping and the fun never stopped… It’s worth noting that there are serious musicians behind all the fun. It’s obvious these guys (and gals) have had lots of training and formal practice. Talented band geeks turned rebels.”   ~ USAToday

Special Guest: Major 7th
Major 7th was formed three years ago by members of the Shasta High School Jazz Band. This summer they have been featured in a number of local festivals. Members of Major 7th are big fans of MarchFourth. They also have a female sax player in Emily Stolz. Members are: Jacob Akana, Emily Stolz, Rob Trent, Daniel Lindberg.


We invite you to dress-up in your carnival, halloween, fall-festival finest!  It’s October, it’s beautiful in Downtown Redding, and this is a new way to get together with friends and family and have a great time.


Adults $25 Advance.  $30 day of show.
Students 5-18 yrs, and w student ID $10
Under 5 yrs free


Doors open at 5:00.  Enjoy music by Major 7th & festival activities.  MarchFourth show starts at 6:30.


The promo for MarchFourth’s latest full-length album, Magic Number was created in Shasta County by Jefferson Thomas Creative. Watch here:


The Fall Festival and music extravaganza will be in the fenced courtyard at the exciting new downtown venue, the California Street Labs. This is the first big outdoor show in this venue. California Street Labs


This show presented by Shasta Living StreetsJefferson Public RadioMiracle Mile Records, and Redding Roots Revival Music Festival.

Proceeds support Shasta Living Streets programs to build prosperous communities by creating better bikeways and trails, walkable cities and vibrant public places – where active living excellence brings a strong and secure economy and enables all people to lead healthy and joyful lives.

California Street Labs

We are excited to announce that we have received a grant from TheMcConnell Foundation to serve as Activation Lead for Downtown Warehouse Activation!  This is located in the the renovated warehouse at the site of the former police station in downtown Redding.

Demolition is nearing completion, and the effort to salvage a portion of bricks has been successful.  The project was originally dubbed The Green Door Project for the distinctive green doors that have also been salvaged.  Now, as warehouse renovation nears completion to launch as early as September, the project has taken on its official name:  California Street Labs.

The McConnell Foundation has made a ten year commitment to downtown revitalization.  We begin with California Street Labs, a project that is temporary by design.  Leveraging the tools of tactical urbanism, this project is intended to invite the public to experience a sampling of what is possible in a vibrant downtown.  – Rachel Hatch, Program Officer for Community Vitality with The McConnell Foundation.

The Foundation is working with community groups to activate the warehouse.  To activate means to program the space with people and objects to enliven it.  Today, the Foundation announces a grant to Shasta Living Streets, who will serve as the Activation Lead on the effort.   This builds on Shasta Living Streets’ successful 2015 pop-up venue, Market Hall at 1729 California Street (described in Enjoy Magazine, August 2015 here

It is more important than ever to give our community a place to participate and connect. We see this as a bright spot in our city as downtown development projects and community revitalization are underway.  – Anne Thomas, Executive Director of Shasta Living Streets.

Examples of activities that will happen in the space include: art installations, pop-up retail, music performances, film screenings, bike-related activities, meet-up groups, and more.  Community participation will revolve around 7 key themes:  Civic Life, DIY (Do It Yourself), Future City, Real Play, Science & the Natural World in the City, Culture, Arts & Entertainment, and New Economy.

For more information:
California Street Labs Invitation

You are invited to participate, share your interest with us:

Community members who are interested in learning how to participate in the California Street Labs should attend the

Wednesday, September 5th from 4-7 PM 
Drop by 1313 California Street, meet the team from Shasta Living Streets, tour the space, and learn how to take part in this exciting endeavor.



About Shasta Living Streets: Shasta Living Streets is a local organization that since 2010 has been dedicated to building better bikeways and trails, walkable cities and vibrant public places in Shasta County.

About The McConnell Foundation: This year marks 30 years of giving for the foundation located in Redding with a mission of “helping build better communities through philanthropy.”  For updates on downtown projects, see:

Bike station & gathering place in Downtown Redding

Providing amenities • Creating community • Empowering people

Visit us at our new downtown location at 1416 Yuba Street in the pedestrian mall in Downtown Redding.    530.355.2230

We look forward to meeting you.




With your support a major trail project moves forward along the river

Two years ago we spearheaded a collaborative project & raised funds.  There is happy news to report – Remember when we said this?

Imagine: Improvements that enhance boating access and extend the River Trail behind the Posse Grounds along the river


It’s happening!  City of Redding recently received a $560,000 grant.  This will begin the first of three phases :

  1.  Extending the riparian and park area along the river
  2.  Making improvements to river access and the boat ramp area
  3.  Adding trail improvements and amenities

We call this the Redding Riffle project because of the very important fish habitat in the river adjacent to this area.

Improvements starting now in Phase I include:

  • Increasing the riparian and park area
  • Installing permeable-pavement parking further from the river
  • Increasing native plant cover and removing invasive species
  • Alignment will be created for the trail 
  • (Boat ramp improvements and trail amenities to be added later) 

Thank you to our members and supporters and to the collaborative organizations.





Gary Larson receives our first Active Living Innovator Award

The Active Living Innovator Award recognizes excellence in active living, bringing people wellness, prosperity, and joy.

We are so pleased to recognize Gary Larson for his achievements over many decades as owner of Chain Gang bike shop in Redding.   He long-ago put Shasta County on the map as a world leader in cycling.

Gary led the first organized mountain bike race in the world, the Whiskeytown Downhill.  The first ever – right here in Shasta County, starting in 1981 it grew to a race of 500 riders.  Then in 1985, his shop led the Vulcan Tour, a local stage race held in Redding that attracted the worlds top racers in road riding.  Gary devoted his business and his time and attention to support many cycling efforts in our community.  We all benefit now as we build on his accomplishments.  Thank you to Gary and his family, and the many people who have worked in his shop and partnered with him on projects.

IMG_1077What is that golden trophy?   It’s a Skyway TUFF Wheel!  The first-of-it’s-kind wheel was developed by Chuck Raudman and manufactured by Skyway in Redding starting in 1976.

As a major cycling innovation, a Skyway TUFF Wheel hangs in the Smithsonian Institute.

We figured it’s a great physical representation of active living excellence in Shasta County!  Thank you to OnCourse signs and engraving for turning it into a trophy.



Cycling Stories from 1909! Read with us – Two Wheels North

Do you ever find it hard to get motivated to ride your bike in the heat or over hilly terrain?

Get inspired, Read Two Wheels North with us 

Find some inspiration in this true story that took place in the early years of the 20th century, before cars were the dominant form of transportation and before a quality network of paved roads had been established.

192 Pages.  You can easily read it in a few days.  Get a book and share with friends!

September 14th Bikes, Books & Beer

Come to Carnegie’s, have a pint and some dinner, and join in lively discussion.   We will bring other stories and photos of cycling in the 1800s and early 1900s.

How to get your copy

  • From Shasta Living Streets
    • Members can borrow a copy from us for free.  Return it when you are done for the next person to read.
    • Limited number of copies you can keep for a $12 donation.

Call Shasta Living Streets at (530) 355-2230 or email at to get a copy!

  • In the Library:  Two Wheels North is in the Shasta College Library, F852 .G45 2000
  • Purchase a new one from the publisher, OSU Press.  Here


Two Wheels North, by Evelyn McDaniel Gibb

In 1909, Vic McDaniel and Ray Francisco, just out of high school, set out from Santa Rosa, California, on second-hand bikes, bound for the great Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle. Traveling on dusty roads, roads of logs, of planks, even of corn stalks, and often no roads at all, they pedaled, pushed, and walked a thousand miles north for 54 days. With excitement in their hearts and a good luck billiken in their bedroll, they started out with only $5.65 between them.  Camp was wherever, whenever the sun was gone; food was an occasional meal from a kindly farm wife and what they could fish, hunt, or glean…

Evelyn Gibb, daughter of one of the cyclists, has drawn on her father’s recollections to tell this incredible adventure in his voice.



Share your biking and walking safety concerns by Mon July 24

Do you want safer streets for walking and bicycling? 

Would you like the Redding City Council to continue to prioritize efforts to improve the safety and accessibility of streets and neighborhoods? 

Your voice counts.  The Redding City Council is asking for input.
Help ensure this serious safety issue continues to be a priority for the City of Redding.  Contact information below.

The Challenge

Traffic deaths and life-altering injuries from collisions are preventable.  For too long we’ve considered traffic deaths and severe injuries to be inevitable side effects of modern life.  We face a crisis on our streets — with traffic violence taking too many lives, both from collisions and from sedentary lifestyles.

The significant loss of life exacts a tragic toll, extending beyond personal loss to deep community impacts, including: personal economic costs and emotional trauma to those suffering; and significant taxpayer spending on emergency response and long-term healthcare costs. And because so many fear for their safety on our streets, there is no real transportation choice for our families — no right to choose to walk or bike — and, as a result, we compromise our public health with increasing rates of sedentary diseases, higher transportation costs, traffic congestion and pollution.

The Vision

We can save lives, prevent life-altering injuries, increase physical activity, reduce the high cost of transportation for local families, and improve the livability of our community and the strength of our local economy.

People in Redding from all walks of life -staff in the City of Redding and Shasta Regional Transportation, as well as businesses, developers and community groups are attempting to address this problem.  We want to ensure that their work to make streets safer for all modes of transportation continues to be a priority so they can move forward with reliable data, resources, and political support.

How you can help

Two opportunities for public participation are available:

First, Share your thoughts in an email  

City Council wants to know what safety issues concern you – and what solutions you would like to see addressed.  Please send a respectful email with your concerns for safe bicycling and walking in Redding, generally, on with specific detail.  We want to register the communities interest to continue addressing this serious safety issue.

Email here:
All emails are due by 5 p.m. Monday, July 24  

  • Emails and will be provided to the City Council prior to the forum.
  • Email questions will be addressed at the forum as time allows, and may be addressed in subsequent materials.

And/or attend the forum and share your thoughts in person

Community Forum
Thursday. July 27
4 to 7 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 777 Cypress Avenue

In addition to the City Council, Redding Police officials will attend, as well representatives of Shasta County public safety agencies. The forum will include background information on what the City has done, and is able to do, to combat crime, including a rundown on ordinances the City has enacted to protect the public.


Each year, more than 30,000 people — the population of a small city — are needlessly killed on American streets and thousands more are injured.  We call this suffering traffic “accidents” — but, in reality, we have the power to prevent traffic collisions.
Learn more at