Issue: March 06, 2014

Good morning, CN&R readers!

It’s Fiction 59 time again: Do investigate our cover package filled with the works of the winners—from kids to adults—of our annual short-fiction contest.

There’s plenty of intrigue in Newslines, from Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee’s “Chronic trouble” to News Editor Tom Gascoyne’s “When clerks collide.”

In Arts & Culture, be sure to read contributor Robert Speer’s very interesting piece “One script, two movies,” about local car salesman and screenwriter Steve Zotnowski’s screenplay for new movie Barefoot (starring Evan Rachel Wood and opening at the Pageant Theatre March 7) being hijacked by a German film company (and made into a very successful film unsurprisingly called Barfuss) without his knowledge. Also in A&C, read my Chow story, “Home-baked goodness,” if you want to learn about the healthy deliciousness offered by Jen Coles’ cottage-food business CoCo Gluten-Free Baking Co. (word to the wise: CoCo is worth knowing about).

Ah, and if you are looking for something healthy, outdoorsy and fabulous to do this weekend, attend one or both days of the inaugural Local Nursery Crawl; the Greenways feature story, “Indie crawl,” is all about that exciting event. (And on the subject of plants, The GreenHouse has all the details about the upcoming Spring Seed Swap at the Chico Grange Hall on March 16.)

As always, the Calendar section in our print edition offers pages of events of all sorts for those looking for things to do!

Spring really is just around the corner…

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor