All the people and places that make Chico great

Taste of Chico

Taste of Chico

Photo by Ken Pordes

When it comes to making a place a home, it takes more than a wide variety of businesses and services—it also takes heart. So, in the spirit of community, we celebrate all of the volunteers, personalities, teachers and soulful gathering places that really make Chico a wonderful place to live.

Charitable cause

FIRST Place: Butte Humane Society

2580 Fair St., 343-7917

SECOND Place: Chico Housing Action Team


THIRD Place: North Valley Community Foundation

240 Main St., Ste. 260, 891-1150

Community event

FIRST Place: Taste of Chico

SECOND Place: Wildflower Music Festival

THIRD Place: Thursday Night Market

Farmers’ market vendor

FIRST Place: Grub CSA Farm

3269 W. Sacramento Ave., 680-4543

SECOND Place: Chico Chai

1919 Park Ave., 897-0822

THIRD Place: Pine Creek Flowers

2532 Oak Way, 203-981-4966


FIRST Place: Museum of Northern California Art

900 Esplanade, 487-7272

SECOND Place: Chico Children’s Museum

325 Main St., 809-1492

THIRD Place: Gateway Science Museum

625 Esplanade, 898-4121

Party/event venue

Grub CSA Farm

FIRST Place: Chico Women’s Club

592 E. Third St., 894-1978

SECOND Place: The Palms

2947 Nord Ave., 399-0404

THIRD Place: The White Ranch

214 Hagenridge Road, 342-6530

Place to pray

FIRST Place: Bidwell Park

SECOND Place: Bidwell Presbyterian Church

208 W. First St., 343-1484

THIRD Place: Center for Spiritual Living Chico

14 Hillary Lane, 895-8395

Radio station

FIRST Place: 90.1 KZFR Community Radio

SECOND Place: 91.7 KCHO North State Public Radio

THIRD Place: 106.7 ZRock

Local video/ audio show

FIRST Place: Banana Grape Stomp


SECOND Place: Eve of Destruction


THIRD Place (tie): Devastation Sounds


THIRD Place (tie): Radio Daze


Youth organization

FIRST Place: Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley

601 Wall St., 899-0335

SECOND Place: Chico Area Recreation and Park District

Lisa Currier

545 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-4711

THIRD Place: Youth for Change

3259 Esplanade, Ste. 103, 877-8187

Local personality

FIRST Place: Mike “G-Ride” Griffith

G-Ride Pedi-Cab & Trolley, 354-9885

SECOND Place: Linda Watkins-Bennett

CBS 12 and NBC 24

THIRD Place: Cort Klopping

CBS 12 and NBC 24

Instructor / professor

FIRST Place: Lindsay Briggs

Chico State

SECOND Place: Sanjay Dev

Chico State/Butte College

THIRD Place (tie): Janet Lombardi Blixt

Chico Art School

THIRD Place (tie): Neisa Schuler

North State Ballet

Teacher (K-12)

FIRST Place: Gina Vernau

Emma Wilson Elementary School

SECOND Place (tie): Nicole Nye

Chico Country Day School

SECOND Place (tie): Jennifer Rossovich

Hooker Oak Elementary School


FIRST Place: Lisa Currier

SECOND Place: Farshad Azad

THIRD Place: Brian Fredson