Bidwell Park Events Calendar

Submit events for the calendar to info@FriendsOfBidwellPark.org

Note: Park commission committee meetings may be canceled if there's no need to meet--call 896-7800 to confirm.

April 2015
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29 (1-3:30 pm) Lower Bidwell Park volunteer session Remove invasive plants from the Sycamore Restoration Area.  Meet at the Caper Acres parking lot  Map. Wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.  Sponsored by the Chico Park Division.  RSVP to Heidi at (530) 526-5000. 
May 2015
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36th Annual Endangered Species Faire at One Mile Recreation Area  Map from 10 am to 4 pm.  Live animals, music, activities for kids, booths, food.  Limited parking so carpool or bicycle to event.  For more information, see Butte Environmental Council

2nd Annual Bidwell Park 5K Salmon Run Register at FishBio.  Check in at 7:45 am at Sycamore Field, race starts at 8:30 am. Call 530-892-9686 or email race@fishbio.com for more information.

(8 to 11 am) Arundo Removal Project at Humboldt Neighborhood Park - Look for the large wind chimes near 1200 Humboldt Ave. Wear closed toe shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Bring a water container and sunscreen. Sponsored by the City of Chico Park Division . Call Heidi at (530) 526-5000 for more information.
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3 (8 to 11 am) Arundo Removal Project at Humboldt Neighborhood Park - Look for the large wind chimes near 1200 Humboldt Ave. Wear closed toe shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Bring a water container and sunscreen. Sponsored by the City of Chico Park Division. Call Heidi at (530) 526-5000 for more information.
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(9am - 12pm) Monthly Water Quality Monitoring Meet at Five Mile Picnic Area Parking Lot Map, off Centennial Ave.  New volunteers welcome. Appropriate for all ages. Sponsored by California Urban Streams Alliance- The Stream Team. For more information, call Timmarie at (530) 342-6620 or email timmariehamill@gmail.com  No CAVE credit.

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17  (9 am to noon) Comanche Creek Greenway Volunteer Session Meet at the dirt parking lot by the intersection of East Park Ave. and Midway. Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry, milkthistle, yellow starthistle, Johnsongrass, or pick up trash. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; bring water and work gloves if you can. For more information, call Susan at (530) 321-3406. Sponsored by Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway and the Chico Park Division. Rain cancels. Large groups welcome with advance notice.
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18 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
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23 (9 am to noon) Comanche Creek Greenway Volunteer Session Meet at the dirt parking lot by the intersection of East Park Ave. and Midway. Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry, milkthistle, Johnsongrass, & other weeds. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; bring water and work gloves if you can. For more information, call Janet at (530) 966-6861 or Susan at (530) 321-3406. Sponsored by Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway and the Chico Park Division. Rain cancels. Large groups welcome with advance notice.
June 2015
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(9am - 12pm) Monthly Water Quality Monitoring Meet at Five Mile Picnic Area Parking Lot Map, off Centennial Ave.  New volunteers welcome. Appropriate for all ages. Sponsored by California Urban Streams Alliance- The Stream Team. For more information, call Timmarie at (530) 342-6620 or email timmariehamill@gmail.com  No CAVE credit.

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14  (9 am to noon) Comanche Creek Greenway Volunteer Session Meet at the dirt parking lot by the intersection of East Park Ave. and Midway. Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry, milkthistle, yellow starthistle, Johnsongrass, or pick up trash. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; bring water and work gloves if you can. For more information, call Susan at (530) 321-3406. Sponsored by Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway and the Chico Park Division. Large groups welcome with advance notice.
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27 (9 am to noon) Comanche Creek Greenway Volunteer Session Meet at the dirt parking lot by the intersection of East Park Ave. and Midway. Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry, milkthistle, Johnsongrass, & other weeds. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; bring water and work gloves if you can. For more information, call Janet at (530) 966-6861 or Susan at (530) 321-3406. Sponsored by Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway and the Chico Park Division. Large groups welcome with advance notice.
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29 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
July 2015
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4 Independence Day 5K Run/Fun Walk in Lower Bidwell Park. Starts at 7 am at One Mile Map , entry fee $25 (includes t-shirt and breakfast). See 5K for details and registration options. Sponsored by Chico Running Club and CARD.

4th of July Celebration at One Mile Map in Lower Bidwell Park  Pancake breakfast, 5K run/walk, horseshoe contest, music, food, activity & craft booths, pie-eating contest, family games.  For schedule of events and times, see 4th of July.  Sponsored by CARD, Do-It-Leisure, Chico Rotary and Chico Park Division.
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(9am - 12pm) Monthly Water Quality Monitoring Meet at Five Mile Picnic Area Parking Lot Map, off Centennial Ave.  New volunteers welcome. Appropriate for all ages. Sponsored by California Urban Streams Alliance- The Stream Team. For more information, call Timmarie at (530) 342-6620 or email timmariehamill@gmail.com  No CAVE credit.

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27 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
August 2015
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(9am - 12pm) Monthly Water Quality Monitoring Meet at Five Mile Picnic Area Parking Lot Map, off Centennial Ave.  New volunteers welcome. Appropriate for all ages. Sponsored by California Urban Streams Alliance- The Stream Team. For more information, call Timmarie at (530) 342-6620 or email timmariehamill@gmail.com  No CAVE credit.

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31 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
September 2015
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5 Chico Palio at One Mile & Sycamore Field from noon to 5 pm. Kickoff event for October's Arteroberfest.  See Chico Palio for schedule of activities.
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(9am - 12pm) Monthly Water Quality Monitoring Meet at Five Mile Picnic Area Parking Lot Map, off Centennial Ave.  New volunteers welcome. Appropriate for all ages. Sponsored by California Urban Streams Alliance- The Stream Team. For more information, call Timmarie at (530) 342-6620 or email timmariehamill@gmail.com  No CAVE credit.

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19 (9 am to 12:30 pm) Bidwell Park and Creeks of Chico annual cleanup.  Help Butte Environmental Council clean up Bidwell Park, Little Chico Creek, Big Chico Creek, Teichert Ponds and Lindo Channel. Includes snacks and a free lunch afterwards.  Bring gloves and water and wear closed-toe shoes. Long pants preferable. For the park cleanup (suitable for children), meet at Hooker Oak Park parking lot Map.  For the creeks cleanup, meet at 1057 Park Ave (at 11th St). Your help is especially needed if you have a pickup truck.  For more information and to pre-register, contact BEC. Funding for event provided by City of Chico and numerous local businesses.
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28 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
October 2015
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(9am - 12pm) Monthly Water Quality Monitoring Meet at Five Mile Picnic Area Parking Lot Map, off Centennial Ave.  New volunteers welcome. Appropriate for all ages. Sponsored by California Urban Streams Alliance- The Stream Team. For more information, call Timmarie at (530) 342-6620 or email timmariehamill@gmail.com  No CAVE credit.

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24 (9 am to noon) Make a Difference Day Come make a difference in Bidwell Park and other city-owned open spaces!  Trash pickup, weed removal, painting and more, with various work sites. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Tools and water provided, but if possible bring your own water container. PRE-REGISTRATION AND PROJECT ASSIGNMENT FOR YOUR TEAM OR FAMILY IS REQUIRED.  Registration form will be available online shortly. If you're under 18, please bring release form signed by parent or guardian.  For more information, contact the park volunteer coordinator at (530) 526-5000. Sponsored by the Chico Park Division.
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26 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
November 2015
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16 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
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26 Run for Food Help provide meals and shelter for Chico's homeless by participating in the 10th annual Thanksgiving Day 5K run/walk in Lower Bidwell Park starting at 9:00 am.  This is one of the park's largest events. For more information or to -pre-register, see Run for Food.  Sponsored by the Jesus Center. 
December 2015
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14 Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Monthly Public Meeting starts at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers Map. The agenda and associated reports will be posted here a few days before the meeting. You can also contact the Park Division (parkinfo@chicoca.gov) and ask to be added to their email notification list for all public park meetings. 
January 2016
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Annual Polar Bear Swim across Lower Bidwell Park's Sycamore Pool Map starting at 1 pm.  This is a no-host event--you just show up at the appropriate time. Even if you don't want to brave the chilly waters, this is a fun park event to attend and you're sure to see some of your neighbors and friends!

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20 16th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center.  For more information and to register, see Snow Goose Festival
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21 16th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center.  For more information and to register, see Snow Goose Festival
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22 16th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center.  For more information and to register, see Snow Goose Festival
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23 16th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center.  For more information and to register, see Snow Goose Festival
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24 16th Annual Snow Goose Festival Participate in one of the many field trips and workshops, attend the banquet, art show or one of the many free events at the Masonic Family Center.  For more information and to register, see Snow Goose Festival

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