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Honoring Purple Heart Recipients

Story and Photos by Elise Spleiss
Posted: 8/7/2015

Veterans Feast and Talk at a Picnic in the Park
Lunch will be the traditional hot dog and hamburger barbeque with all the fixings and dessert. Buffalo Wild Wings of Citrus Heights will provide their famous wings for your enjoyment.

CITRUS HEIGHTS (MPG) - Citrus Heights American Legion Post 637 and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Citrus Heights Women’s Club are hosting the sixth annual Veterans Appreciation and Resource Picnic to honor the area’s active duty servicemen and servicewomen, our retired veterans of past wars and conflicts, and their families.

This free event will be held Saturday, August 22nd at Rusch Park, located on 7801 Auburn Blvd at the Gazebo/Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All veterans and their families and friends are welcome.

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Male and Female Bluebirds on a Flowering Branch
Stock your garden with small native species of trees, shrubs, and flowers to give wildlife needed nourishment, as well as cover from predators.
Photo courtesy of Statepoint Media

Is Your Yard Wildlife-Friendly?

Posted: 8/7/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (STATEPOINT) - Being a good neighbor means more than being friendly to the humans across the street; it also means being friendly to the animals in your yard. Making your yard a safe place for local wildlife should be a top lawn care priority.

With that in mind, here are some tips for creating a healthy habitat for local critters:

Be a Valuable Rest Stop
Stock your garden with small native species of trees, shrubs, and flowers to give wildlife needed nourishment, as well as cover from predators.

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Golf Tournament Changes the Lives of Special Needs Youth

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 8/7/2015

Center and High School Staff With  Beneficiaries
Staff members from Richardson Center and Luther Burbank High School post with the Diedrich family and Andre Justice’s family.
Photo by John Swentowsky

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - “It’s All About the Kids” is how all those involved in this year’s annual Sacramento Rotary “Golf 4 Kids” fundraiser on August 10th. Funds raised from this one event have been changing the lives of 100 special needs students at Ralph Richardson Center in in the San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD) in Carmichael and three other schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) for three decades.

The annual tournament held at the Northridge Country Club in Fair Oaks funds programs for the physically and health impaired at the Richardson Center, and at Luther Burbank High School, Fern Bacon Middle School, and Bowling Green Charter School in the SCUSD.

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Crowds of Participants Start the Event
More than 900 people participated in this year’s Fab 40’s 5K Run/Walk, with the proceeds going to the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for use in support of caregivers in the region.
Photos by Paul Scholl

Crowds of Locals Run the Fab 40’s 5K

By Sal Arrigo Jr.
Posted: 8/7/2015

A beautiful Saturday morning was had by all! The eighth annual Fab 40’s 5K Run/Walk took place in East Sacramento on Saturday, July 25th. This is a unique event: It starts and ends at East Lawn Memorial Park, and if that is not enough to get your attention, it is the only 5K of its kind in the United States, and is home to the Alzheimer’s Wall of Remembrance. This Wall was constructed so people can permanently inscribe the name of a loved one who has succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease.

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Citrus Heights Celebrates its 16th Red, White, and Blue Parade

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 7/17/2015

Sherie Harmer, with Justin, Destiny, Jackson, and Jonah
First place Red, White and Blue Award went to “Area 51, Landing Area Citrus Heights,” the Harmer Family’s fifth entry in the Citrus Heights parade. Float creation is a family affair. Here, Sherie Harmer poses with Area 51 Security Force Justin, Destiny, Jackson, and Jonah.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - If you want to learn about your city while having fun, go to the Red, White and Blue parade! The city parade is more than an event, it’s an experience.

This year’s 16th annual Red, White and Blue Parade, held on June 27th, was no different. Over 2,000 parade-goers and participants enjoyed what might be the best parade weather in recent memory. The parade route covered half a mile on Sunrise Blvd. from Madison Ave. to Greenback Lane. Ninety entries from Citrus Heights and half a dozen surrounding cities showed their spirit as they waved, walked, rode, sang, danced, and showed off martial arts skills as they moved down the parade route.

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A White Vase With a Blue Lotus Flower Motif
Shimo, Lotus Series #16, 2013. Porcelain, 9 x 16 x 16 in.
Photos courtesy of Shimo

Exhibition of Chinese Porcelain at Crocker Art Museum

Posted: 7/17/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Born in Shanghai in 1962, Shimo is a respected Chinese artist who immigrated to the United States in 2003 and now divides his time between Sacramento and Shanghai. Approximately 25 porcelain objects created by Shimo, including exquisite pieces previously exhibited by major museums in China, will be on view this summer at the Crocker Art Museum. The exhibition Flowers of Fire and Earth: Shimo’s Blue-and-White Porcelains will be displayed in the Crocker’s light-filled Weborg Gallery through September 6th, 2015.

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Bridge Game for a Cause

Posted: 6/19/2015

Surprise Dad with an Unexpected Day Together

Posted: 6/19/2015

What Memories May Come

Story and photos by Paul V. Scholl
Publisher, Messenger Publishing Group
Posted: 6/19/2015

Sylvan Cemetery Memorial Day Service Honors the Fallen

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 6/5/2015

Fire Camp Lets Kids Be Firefighters for a Week

Posted: 5/22/2015

Volunteer Has a Heart Bigger than His Clown Shoes

Shriners Hospital Volunteer Recognized for Exceptional Service

Posted: 5/22/2015


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