It’s the last weekend of the month folks and that means it’s time for The Rock-a-Barry Weekend Show. This month I concentrate on 1957 through 1959 with a few tunes from other years. Do you remember the top selling record in 1958? It wasn’t recorded in the USA, and has sold over 22 million copies. We’ll also hear form Andy Williams, The Shields, Patsy Cline, LaVern Baker, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Rick Nelson and many more. Sit back and relax with Rock n’ Roll, R&B, Country, Folk and pop music from the 40’s to the 70’s. Or, roll up that rug and burn some off that Turkey off!   

This week on Weekend Showcase, we talk with conceptual artist Danica Phelps about her current exhibit at Chico State's University Art Gallery. In her work, Phelps documents her everyday experiences in ways lyrical, literal, even ritualistic.

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Paradise resident Garth Nielsen, author of The Odyssey of a Spiritual Nomad, put together a collection of short stories, thoughts, observations, and impressions about traditional Native Americans that he has known and the landscapes they inhabit. He is a member of the newly chartered North State Writers Club which meets monthly 6-8PM on the third Monday at the Chico library.

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Small farmers in Butte County are banding together this weekend, hoping the bounty of their harvests can outshine the latest big box store gewgaws. 

Virtually all of the growers who opened their fields, vineyards and orchards as part of the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend in October are readying for a reprise Saturday – with holiday gift-givers in mind.

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There’s no doubt that the turkey is the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table. It’s also the part of the meal that has the greatest ability to make you sick.   

According to Stephanie Bianco, assistant director at the Center for Healthy Communities and an assistant professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Chico State, if mishandled a turkey has a huge potential to create foodborne illness. The most common mistake happens before the turkey is even cooked, she said. 

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Certain economic realities may keep airlines off the tarmac at the Chico Municipal Airport, but it’s hardly a white elephant. 

By recently rejecting a contract turning the facility over to a private operator, Chico’s city council put the whole thing back in the lap of their city manager, Mark Orme.

 “It’s a great spot,” Orme said. “There’s a lot of space to grow.”

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Student suspension rates in California school districts are falling – and a new UCLA study suggests that schools issuing fewer suspensions see stronger student achievement.

The study found the number of suspensions issued to California students fell by more than 200,000 from the 2011-12 school year through 2013-14. That’s just eight suspensions per 100 students – down from nearly 11.5 suspensions. 

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A crucial part of California’s ecosystem has almost disappeared. Mountain meadows act like natural reservoirs, storing and cleaning water. But they may have another benefit – capturing greenhouse gases. 

This week on the Shasta Serenade we play new music from The Black Lillies, Buzz Cason, Norah Jones, Joe Ely, Portland-based Rabbit Wilde,  Nell Robinson/Jim Nunally and many more. After 17 years in the making, producer Alison Krauss has The Cox Family moving back into musical fold with their new album Gone Like The Cotton. We discuss the reasons for the wait and play some music.

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I am planting bulbs, culinary and ornamental. A heavy box of hope and spring dreams arrived from the heirloom bulb supplier Old House Gardens Heirloom Bulbs arrived last week, and they are now calling me to get them in the ground in the next few weeks. 


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French police fired tear gas to break up a group of activists defying a ban on mass demonstrations in Paris on Sunday.

The activists were gathered on the eve of a huge United Nations climate conference, which will bring together leaders from across the world.

Following the terrorist attacks of Nov. 13, France declared a state of emergency and banned huge rallies that had been planned to coincide with the COP21 climate summit.

A big winter storm that moved east from Texas through Iowa is being blamed for at least seven deaths.

CNN reports that authorities in Kansas say four people died in car accidents caused by freezing rain and at least three people were killed because of flooding in a Dallas suburb.

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