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Friday Night Concerts kick off in the Chico City Plaza

Friday's concert featured a performance from the Fritz, a local Chico band. Photo credit: Josiah Nicholl

Josiah Nicholl

May 5, 2018

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

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...

Downtown market starts fresh new season

Thursday Night Market returns April 6. Image courtesy of Stephanie Yunker.

Ariel Hernandez

March 30, 2014

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

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

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

Christine Lee

October 25, 2013

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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