Cycles: Bi- and re-

Coming up: Chico Bicycle Music Fest and Reclaimed in Chico open house

Local singer/songwriter Kyle Williams will perform at the Chico Bicycle Music Festival stage starting at 12:40 p.m. on June 1.

Local singer/songwriter Kyle Williams will perform at the Chico Bicycle Music Festival stage starting at 12:40 p.m. on June 1.

PHOTO Courtesy of kyle williams

I want to say thanks to the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative (818 Main St.) for hosting the early-morning BikeChico! “energizer-station” snack table for passing cyclists during Bike to School and Work Week, May 6 through 10 (part of National Bike Month). My 12-year-old daughter and I (and the huge pack of students and teachers from Citrus Elementary School that we crossed paths with at the table every morning) were among the happy bike-riding folks gobbling up such yummy, nutritious treats as organic bananas and strawberries, granola bars and trail mix on our way to our various destinations. Drinks on hand ranged from the practical (water and apple juice), to the peppy (coffee and mate tea), to the luxurious (hot Chico Chai). Free bike-centric stickers, buttons and pins were also available. (There was also a similar stand at Butte College’s Chico campus.)

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Also, don’t forget that the Chico Bicycle Music Festival is coming up on June 1, from noon on into the evening, featuring 12 free pedal-powered performances at two venues. Start out your day at Camellia Way Park, across the creek from Annie’s Glen (ride your bike there, of course), and listen to The Broadway Saxophone Quartet, Kyle Williams (pictured), Evin Wolverton and Pat Hull, followed by Mandalyn May and Thomas Fogg “live on bike” through Bidwell Park.

Stay with the bike pack and head out to the GRUB Cooperative for a 5 p.m. start-time of the evening show, featuring Chikoko’s POPCYCLE, the Kids Show; MaMuse; The Paper Dolls; Wolf Thump; Origin Tribal Belly Dance; and The Loyd Family Players.

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Chico State interior-design instructor Rouben Mohiuddin recently announced that his senior Furniture Design and Fabrication studio-class students are presenting an open-house showing on Friday, May 24, of the furniture pieces they made this semester from recycled and reclaimed materials (see “Recycled design,” CN&R, April 18,2013). The Reclaimed in Chico show will take place in the university’s Ayres Hall Art Shop from noon to 1:40 p.m.

Chico State interior-design instructor Rouben Mohiuddin works with Henu Huang on the prototype of the table she made from a found walnut slab and recycled copper tubing. Huang and her finished piece will both appear at the Reclaimed in Chico open house on May 24.

Photo By christine g.k. lapado-breglia

As Mohiuddin put it in the event’s publicity material: “Recycled, reclaimed and/or repurposed objects/material, are explored and developed into furniture projecting an outlook both severe and spontaneous, a design, based on principles as universal as possible, producing objects that are real and utilitarian. Students explore the emotional identity of the object.”

Check out the pieces and chat with the students who made each one.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein, in a 1930 letter to his son Eduard

“I thought of that while riding my bicycle.”

– Albert Einstein, on the theory of relativity

“A creative mind sees every pile of junk as a jigsaw puzzle.”

– Steve Supple

“Creativity means repurposing. Even your regrets can be repurposed.” – Steve Supple