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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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Silvana Zangri Celebrates With Lucy Shostak
Silvana Zangri, captain of Sagamore Bridge Club’s fundraising team, celebrates her club’s contributions with Lucy Shostak, who donated $20,000 to the team.
Photos courtesy of Jenny Pickard

Bridge Game for a Cause

Posted: 6/19/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Members of Anna’s Fun Bridge Club will join hundreds of bridge clubs across the country to raise money by playing in a day-long bridge game. Players will honor friends and loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s while also keeping their own mental skills sharp.

For the third consecutive year, the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), the sanctioning body for the game of bridge, is teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Association to raise money for Alzheimer’s research in one of the group’s signature fundraising events—the Longest Day.

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A Boy and His Dad Consider Fishing
This year, surprise Dad by spending a fun-filled day together enjoying his favorite activities.
Photo courtesy of Brandpoint Media

Surprise Dad with an Unexpected Day Together

Posted: 6/19/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (BPT) - This Father’s Day, rather than sitting dear ol’ Dad down and watching him unwrap a new necktie, try showing your appreciation in an unexpected way. Surprise him by spending a fun-filled day together enjoying his favorite activities. After all, doesn’t the man who spent hours patiently teaching you to ride a bike deserve something special this year?

When planning out the perfect Father’s Day, think carefully about his interests and hobbies. Find a carefree activity that will help you both unwind and catch up. Few bonding moments create lasting memories like a beautiful day of fishing. Consider spending a few hours catching fish and swapping stories to delight Dad with the perfect combination of action and relaxation. Mix in thoughtful gifts throughout the day and wow Dad with a mouthwatering meal as your grand finale and it will be one he won’t soon forget.

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Long Lines of White Gravestones on the Green Lawn of Gettysburg
Generations have passed since blood soaked the battlefields of Gettysburg. You can still feel the grief of each of the Unknown Soldiers.

What Memories May Come

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

In a matter of minutes, everything changes. In a matter of hours, we lose, then regain our focus. In a matter of days, we recover. In a matter of years, we forget. In solitude, we best remember those precious minutes.

So much happens for us in the time between Memorial Day weekend and the waves of a long hot summer. Graduations that culminate years of learning and parenting children through schools, May and June weddings, Father’s Day, and of course, our nation’s birthday. Blink and you will miss it all. Luckily, this year I didn’t blink.

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In Various Period Uniforms Reenactors Fire a Blackpowder Salute
In a realistic reenactment, members of the Sons of the American Revolution fire Revolutionary War-era rifles. The smoke created by the unpurified gunsmoke used at that time was part of the process, thus the many references to “smoke-filled battlefields.”
Photo by Jim Faulkinbury

Sylvan Cemetery Memorial Day Service Honors the Fallen

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 6/5/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Memorial Day at Sylvan Cemetery proved to be the perfect day to remember over 1,300 veterans buried at the cemetery and to honor those who are still serving.

A warm breeze ruffled the grave flags placed at each veteran’s grave by the members of American Legion Post 637 and local volunteers. Boy Scouts from Troop 288 raised over 120 flags that lined the roads throughout the cemetery, creating a somber yet fitting celebratory mood for the event. The flags were presented to the families of those who have died. The families donated them to the cemetery to be flown on Memorial and Veterans Day.

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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


Citrus Heights Student Wins Americanism Essay Award

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 5/8/2015


Stroke Survivor to Ride 100 Miles for Veterans

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 5/8/2015


On the Streets

An Uncertain Future for Area’s Homeless

Story and Photos by John-Michael Kibrick
Posted: 4/24/2015


BBQ Dinner and Dance Raises Funds for Local Veterans

By Sheila LaPolla and Elise Spleiss
Posted: 4/24/2015


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