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Friday Night Concerts kick off in the Chico City Plaza

Friday Night Concerts kick off in the Chico City Plaza

Josiah Nicholl

May 5, 2018


Filed under A&E Breaking, Arts & Entertainment, Breaking News, Community, News

People filled the city plaza in downtown Chico Friday night to enjoy the return of Chico's Friday Night Concerts. For the 41st year, free shows with live music will be put on by the Downtown Chico Business Association in the city plaza every Friday night throughout the summer. The shows start at...

Chico residents unite in city plaza for national day of prayer

Chico residents unite in city plaza for national day of prayer

Josh Cozine

May 4, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Community, News, Showcase

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...

Christmas Preview- a Chico tradition

Christmas Preview- a Chico tradition

Jordan Rodrigues

November 27, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Community, Showcase

The Christmas preview is Chico tradition that brings the community together in a blocked off portion of downtown that stretches from the City Plaza to 2nd Street. The event features everything from local boutiques, artists, dance teams, bands, and shops. This event was created in 1978 to kick off the...

Downtown market starts fresh new season

Downtown market starts fresh new season

Ariel Hernandez

March 30, 2014


Filed under Features

The Thursday Night Market is aiming to clean up more than just your diet this summer. The market starts from 6-9 p.m. April 3 and runs rain or shine until Sept. 25. The market houses more than 100 vendors that line the streets with great food, live entertainment, farm-fresh produce and arts and crafts for e...

Chico dehumanizes homeless population

Zachary Phillips

February 4, 2014


Filed under Columns

In “Purgatorio,” part one of Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy,” the fourth level of purgatory is reserved for those afflicted by sloth — a lack of action in response to others’ needs. The men and women occupying this terrace are eternally tasked with constant movement, damned to never a...

Zombie dancers thrill plaza spectators

Zombie dancers thrill plaza spectators

Megan Bowser

October 28, 2013


Filed under News

A mob of more than 170 zombies descended on City Plaza on Saturday for Thrill The World, an international event where participants dress up as zombies and simultaneously dance to Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" in an attempt to break a world record. Joey Mishiri, a first-time audience member who came to cross-promote his upcomin...

“Pumpkinheads” vie for cash prize

“Pumpkinheads” vie for cash prize

Christine Lee

October 25, 2013


Filed under News

People stood on crates like scarecrows with pumpkins for heads under the blazing sun in the downtown plaza to win $1,000 last Saturday.Z-ROCK-FM’s 17th annual Pumpkinhead contest started at around 8 a.m., lasting the whole day until 8:35 p.m. when the winner was announced.Ted Shred, 47, owner of a bike messenger company, DJ...

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