Beat the heat

Jesus Center stays open longer during extreme temperatures

The Jesus Center extended its hours to act as a cooling center last weekend as temperatures rose as high as 106 degrees.

The center opened at 7:30 a.m. Saturday (July 8) and 2 p.m. Sunday (July 9) and remained open until 6 p.m. both days, offering movies and air conditioning to people in need of relief from the extreme heat.

The Jesus Center regularly serves as a cooling center when temperatures rise above 95 degrees on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and stays open for extended hours “as often as we can,” according to the center’s executive director, Laura Cootsona.

The Chico Branch of the Butte County Library is also a designated cooling center during regular business hours, with extended hours according to need and availability, according to Butte County Help Central (