The Orion

Butte County falls silent in remembrance of Camp Fire

Marge Nelmes came to Chico City Plaza to remember her best friend, Lolene Rios of 46 years who passed away during the fire. Photo credit: Kimberly Morales

Kimberly Morales

November 13, 2019

Friday, Nov. 8, marked a year since Butte County faced the deadliest wildfire in California history, and residents faced it with remembrance and hope. Gathering at various locations in Chico State and the Chico City Plaza, the town fell silent for a shared 85 seconds, marking the 85 lives lost from the ...

Martin Luther King Jr. March raises public awareness of social issues

Anencia Johnson is a born Chico Native who has been going to school in Chico since she was a child. She has a degree from CSU Chico. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Julian Mendoza and Kendall George

January 21, 2019

The 37th annual Martin Luther King Jr. March took place Sunday. The tradition was originally started by an African American group of women called "Essence Women" who have since passed the event to different local groups. The event took place in the Chico City Plaza and Trinity United Methodist Ch...

Chico residents unite in city plaza for national day of prayer

A morning breakfast, followed by prayer, was held Thursday at Grace Community Church before the downtown events. Photo courtesy Shawna Burhans.

Josh Cozine

May 4, 2018

Hundreds of Chicoans from dozens of local churches from all Christian denominations showed up Thursday at the city plaza to pray together for unity, and for the community. The congregation was Chico’s take on the National Day of Prayer, which has taken place the first Thursday of May since 1952...

Hundreds walk to prevent suicide

Participants at Out of the Darkness community walk Photo credit: Ronnie Bolser

Kyla Linville

October 17, 2016

Over 200 event goers participated in the seventh annual Out of the Darkness community walk at the city plaza Oct. 15. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention puts on the event in hopes to “save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.” “This foundation is the largest non-profit...

Crowd gathers downtown to honor late tai chi grandmaster

Participants focus and work their way through a tai chi exercise on Sunday as part of an event in City Plaza to honor the memory of late martial arts teacher Sifu Lenny Vavallette. Photo credit: James Groh

James Groh

February 27, 2015

Martial arts devotees came together at City Plaza on Sunday to practice tai chi in memory of the late Lenny Vavallette in what was dubbed Sifu Lenny Day. The gathering was organized by Vavallette’s martial arts successor, Farshad Azad, the owner of Azad's Martial Arts Family Center in Chico. ...

Walk remembers those lost to suicide

Ariel Ellis, psychology graduate student, commemorates her friends at the remembrance tree. Photo credit: Brandon Foster

Taylor Sinclair

September 30, 2014

[metaslider id=35995]Photos by Brandon Foster "His name was Dustin and he was the funniest, happiest person I had met," said Ariel Ellis, a psychology graduate student. Ellis lost her friend to suicide in high school. She payed tribute to him alongside many who suffered from losing someone to suicide. Chi...

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