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Nearly $13K Raised for Families of Fallen Officers, One Cup of Coffee at a Time

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 11/6/2014

Patrons and Police Officers at Citrus Heights Dutch Bros.
Members of the community joined fire fighters from Sacramento Metro Fire Station 21 as they waited in line for a coffee at Dutch Brothers in Citrus Heights. Their purchases helped raised nearly $13K in less than 24 hours to support the families of fallen officers.
Photo by Elise Spleiss

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - For 23 hours, vehicles lined up virtually nonstop as patrons of Citrus Heights Dutch Brothers Coffee ordered their beverages knowing they were helping to raise nearly $13K in support of the families of two sheriffs who lost their lives in the line of duty on October 24th.

This scene was repeated at eight additional Dutch Brothers in the greater Sacramento area during a Benefits Day on October 29th. Over $96K was raised in total. Proceeds from all sales will go to support the wife and two children of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and the wife and four children of Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Michael D. Davis Jr.

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Local Auto Service Center Helps a Family in Need

By Kathy Goodchap
Posted: 11/6/2014

Brent Kniesel with Giant Thank You Card for Charity Work
Brent Kniesel, owner of Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers, holding a giant thank you card from the Bullock family.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers’ owner Brent Kniesel has a passion for helping people. His latest gift to the community was a donation of up to $2,500 in car repairs for a family in need.

The month-long campaign began in August with notifications to customers via flyers and Facebook that Kniesel’s would donate auto repair services to a needy family. Immediately, nominations poured in for struggling families.

After the September 30th deadline, a panel of four read more than 50 heartrending stories from people in our community. After much deliberation and contemplation, the Bullock family was selected. Justin and Angela Bullock were elated to hear of their nomination and that they were the family selected to receive repairs to their unreliable vehicle.

Brent Kniesel’s humanitarian efforts have reached as far as Africa and Mexico. He has a special place in his heart for the people of Rwanda and continues to support them and their rebuilding efforts.

Kniesel’s recognizes the serious medical and financial challenges of the people in our community and looks forward to future opportunities to help a family in need.

For more information about Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers, call (916) 722-1751 or visit www.knieselsauto.com.


Historic Rusch House and Gardens Gets Late Spring Cleaning

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 10/23/2014

Jack von Quilich, Kevin Webb, Karla Webb, Mike von Quilich, Diana Murphy, Jared Murphy, Anne Stamas, and Natalie von Quilich
A team of family and co-workers from Watt Communities descended upon the Rusch Home and Gardens on October 11 to spruce it up for visitors and for fall and winter facility rentals. From left to right: Jack von Quilich, Kevin Webb, Division President Watt Communities; Karla Webb; Mike von Quilich, Watt Communities construction manager; Diana Murphy; Jared Murphy, Anne Stamas, Natalie von Quilich.
Photo Courtesy of Sunrise Recreation & Park District

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Two dozen men, women and youths gathered on October 11, 2014 to perform a labor of love to help beautify and preserve one of Citrus Heights’ oldest and most elegant residences, the Rusch Home and Gardens.

Located in Rusch Park on over two acres of land off of Antelope Road near Rosswood Drive, the home is surrounded by a lush landscape of heritage oaks, shrubs and heritage rose bushes (Bourbons, Joseph’s Coat Climbers, exquisite miniatures), many which have been thriving there for over 100 years.

A chance reading of a news story in the Citrus Heights Messenger telling of this volunteer workday brought Mike von Quilich of Watt Communities, a construction company, and his team of volunteers to the park. They descended on the landscape and home and made short shrift of the overgrown grounds and dusty interior of the home.

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The Capitol Pops Concert Band Wore Halloween Costumes at the Event
In spooktacular attire, the Capitol Pops Concert band chilled at a recent Citrus Heights performance. Kurt Pearsall (reclining in front) directed the ensemble.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Boos and Brews Go Pop

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/23/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Continuing a three year tradition at the Citrus Heights Community Center, the Capitol Pops Concert Band recently delivered a program part Oktoberfest and part Halloween; the event was aptly heralded as “Boos and Brews.”

Musicians and audience members came in Halloween costumes or German attire. Patrons supped heartily on sausages and sauerkraut, wine and beer. Hosting the event, the 60-piece Pops ensemble performed macabre hits ranging from chilling James Bond scores to the Spiderman theme. German polkas and drinking music augmented seasonal motifs.

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Citrus Heights 4th Annual Mutt Strut Raises over $10,000 for Needs of Visually Impaired in Sacramento Area

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 10/9/2014

Saverio Barbagallo and Charlotte Soerensen With Medals
High school foreign exchange students Saverio Barbagallo from Italy and Charlotte Soerensen from Denmark sport their medals won during the 2K and 5K Run as part of the 4th Annual California Council of the Blind Mutt Strut.
Photo Courtesy Debi Martin

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The last week of summer proved to be perfect timing for over 100 dog lovers to walk, run, and strut their canine companions as they helped raise funds and awareness for the blind and visually impaired in the Sacramento area.

The forth-annual California Council of the Blind (CCB) 2K/5K Mutt Strut run and walk took place on Saturday, September 13th at Rusch Park in Citrus Heights.

KCRA meteorologist Tamara Berg was again Master of Ceremonies. The event was organized and officially timed by On Your Mark Events out of Calaveras County.

Over 275 people participated in the event, including 106 race contenders from surrounding counties, more than 100 volunteers, and a dozen vendors. Family and friends cheered on their teams as they enjoyed the morning, which included a pancake breakfast put on by the Land Park Lion’s Club. Dawn Sirstad, owner of Good Eats was volunteer coordinator for the breakfast.

Jeff Thom, president of the California Council for the Blind explained that CCB is a national program which offers college scholarships, low interest loans for businesses, technology support, advocacy, crisis intervention, peer support, and information and referral services, all free of charge to their clients.

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The Capitol Pops Third Annual “Brews & Boos”

Posted: 10/9/2014

Capitol Pops Concert Band 2014
You are invited to join the Capitol Pops Concert Band at the third annual “Brews & Boos” event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at the Citrus Heights Community Center, 6300 Fountain Square Drive. Guests are invited to dress in their finest Bavarian/German attire or their scariest Halloween costume as the event marks the best of October, Oktoberfest, and Halloween.
Photo courtesy of Capitol Pops Concert Band

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The public is invited to join the Capitol Pops Concert Band to celebrate October with the third annual “Brews & Boos” event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at the Citrus Heights Community Center, 6300 Fountain Square Drive.

Doors to the family-friendly, free, two-hour event open at 6:30 p.m. Guests are invited to purchase on-site tickets good for specialty German foods as well as snacks, desserts, sodas, and water to support the Capitol Pops. Proceeds will go to support the CPCB’s student scholarship fund and general expenses of the band.

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Pumpkin Farm Offers Tons of Pumpkins, History and Fun for the Whole Family

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 10/9/2014

A Bright Orange Train of Wagons Carries Young Visitors
Tarik Habib (left), Carmella Lavie, Tela Wisdom, and Alessandro Obando enjoy the guided tour hayride in an 8-car train.
Photo by Elise Spleiss

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - One of Northern California’s oldest family-run pumpkin patches, The Pumpkin Farm at 7736 Old Auburn Road in Citrus Heights, has many attractions and activities to entertain and educate children and adults alike.

Through Halloween Day at 6 p.m., visitors will find a wide variety of farm rides and other fun attractions to keep them busy. Attractions include the newly revamped Haunted Barn, a jumping castle, and a 40-foot lookout tower and slide.

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A Need Fulfilled

By Rita Seale
Posted: 9/18/2014


Air Show Honors Triple Ace

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/18/2014


Historic Rusch Home and Gardens Work Day Yesteryear Volunteers Needed

By Karey Hansen, Recreation Coordinator II, SRPD
Posted: 9/18/2014


City Hall Relocation

Possible New Location

Special City Announcement
Posted: 9/10/2014


EcoHousing a New Trend

By Marty Maskall
Posted: 9/4/2014


500 Volunteers Needed at United Way’s Day of Caring Volunteer Extravaganza

United Way’s 2nd Annual Day Of Caring Kicks Off New Five-Year Strategic Plan

Posted: 9/4/2014


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