Issue: April 18, 2013

Good morning, CN&R readers:

Have you been celebrating Earth Month? If not, there's still time. In fact, Earth Day is this coming Monday (April 22), and there are festivities and events in its honor this weekend (see our Calendar listings). But first, check out our annual Green Issue cover package. It includes four stories that were inspired by Earth Month and the local people dedicated to protecting the planet.

In Newslines this week, Staff Writer Ken Smith heads to Laxson Auditorium for futurist Ray Kurzweil's predictions for the future. News Editor Tom Gascoyne looks into the past of the new finance director for the city of Chico. Contributor Vic Cantu hears about a Chico State professor's research into sports programs designed to foster peace between Israeli and Arab youth. And Editor Robert Speer heads to the City Council meeting, whose agenda was less interesting than the unscripted moments that took place.

In Greenways, contributor Claire Hutkins Seda gives us a peek into a couple of local backyard gardens, shedding light on what to plant this time of year. And in Healthlines, contributor Evan Tuchinsky introduces us to Dr. Donald Richey, a dermatologist who has created an amazing (free!) program designed to alleviate some of the side effects suffered by cancer patients because of their treatments.

In the Arts and Culture section, contributor Willow Sharkey interviews pastel artist Waif Mullins, who is bringing the work of several Bay Area artists to town to show alongside his own work at an exhibit that opens tomorrow (Friday, April 19) at Avenue 9 Gallery. In Chow, contributor Matthew Craigs writes about cocktail culture. Ken Smith reviews the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain's performance at Laxson. And in Reel World, Juan-Carlos Selznick gives us his take on the new Jackie Robinson biopic.

Don't forget about the (free, all ages) CAMMIES Finale/Awards Show from 2-7 p.m. this Saturday (April 20) at the Chico Women's Club! See all the details in this issue.

Happy reading!

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor