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Bill Cook and the CHCMB Raffle Girls
Bill Cook, Program Co-Director and creator of the silent auction prize favorite, his repurposed used band instruments, poses with the CHCMB Raffle Girls.
Photo by Bill Medeiros

Community Marching Band Celebrates 11 Years

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 4/10/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The Citrus Heights Community Center reverberated with the music of the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band (CHCMB) on March 21st during its sixth annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.

Retired chef Aime Berg prepared her traditionally perfect spaghetti plate with all the trimmings, which her fans say gets better every time she cooks it.

The Golden State Accordion Club opened for the CHCMB and set the tone for the evening with polka and German dance music.

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Ray Dodds Has the Look of an Old-Time Prospector - Because He Is
Ray Dodds of the Mother Lode Goldhounds gives gold panning lessons and tips at the Roseville Rock Roller’s annual Gem and Mineral Show.

Gem and Mineral Show Rocks the Region

Story and Photos by Anne Stokes
Posted: 4/10/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Roseville Rock Rollers Gem and Mineral Society hosted their 53rd annual Gem and Mineral Show over the weekend, taking over the Placer County Fairgrounds with 65 vendors, lapidary demonstrators, and educational presentations for rock hounds of all ages. With over 3,000 visitors in attendance, it’s becoming one of the largest gem and mineral shows on the west coast, according to show chairman James Hutchings.

But don’t call it a gem fair. “It’s not a ‘fair,’” says Hutchings. “A gem ‘fair’ is a commercial thing; it has nothing to do with rocks and minerals.” Enthusiasts and vendors from all over the west coast brought their collections of rough and polished gemstones, mineral specimens, fossils, meteorites, and jewelry collected from all over the world to be put on display or put up for sale. Collectors were also able to bring in rocks for expert identification. “We’ve got mineral identification, so people can come and bring their rocks, their gemstones, we’ll put them through the testing here and determine whether they have something really interesting, sort of like Antique Roadshow, and give them an idea of what they have,” explained Hutchings.

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Annie Reksic Blocks Blue Crush
Capitol Punisher jammer Blue Crush (#11, right in star helmet) attempts to pass Folsom Prison Bruiser blocker Annie Reksic (#10) during the exposition roller derby match at Sacramento State.
Photos by Anne Stokes

Derby Madness Takes Over at Sacramento State University

By Anne Stokes
Posted: 3/27/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sac City Rollers teamed up with Sacramento State University’s Women’s Resource Center and UNIQUE Programs on the evening of Thursday, March 12th, bringing their hard-hitting style of entertainment to campus. The free event featured the Capitol Punishers and Folsom Prison Bruisers competing against each other in an exposition match in celebration of March’s Women’s HerStory month.

“The reason we brought [Derby Madness] here in the first place was to expose Sac State students to these kind of events, because it’s not something usually on college campuses,” explained Zenia LaPorte, Sacramento State University Assistant Director for Programs and Marketing “It’s definitely a fun, action-packed event, and the crowd definitely gets into it. It’s a good time.”

Second-year communications student Andrea Arango, who attended Thursday night with her friends, had never seen a roller derby match before but quickly caught on to the game’s rules. “I’ve never seen something like this! I was like, a roller derby? Are we going to go and see people roller skate in circles? But it’s more than that,” she said. “I would say if you’re open to learning and seeing new things, you should definitely go. Have an open mind. I decided to go this year just to see what it’s about and I’m glad I came.”

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AFreshly Painted Little Free Library Looking Like a Giant Birdhouse
Sunrise Recreation and Park District and the City of Citrus Heights are each donating 10 sites for placement of the libraries.
Photo by Jessica Mang

How Citrus Heights will Get 20 New Libraries in One Day

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 3/27/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - On April 11th, 20 Little Free Libraries will be installed at various locations throughout the city of Citrus Heights.

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” gathering place for neighbors of all ages to borrow books and to share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

Citrus Heights Little Libraries are a partnership between the History & Arts Commission, Citrus Heights Rotary, San Juan High School students, and Lowe’s and Home Depot, who have donated all the materials for construction. Sunrise Recreation and Park District and the City of Citrus Heights are each donating 10 sites. Sylvan Library along with residents will donate the books. The San Juan High School football team will help with installation.

The purpose of this project is to promote awareness of the City’s historical buildings while at the same time encouraging literacy and a love of reading.

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Rotary Crab Feed Raises Over $60K for Non-Profits

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 3/13/2015

The Van Maren Family Filled a Table at the Feast
Catherine Van Maren (second from the right), daughter of Citrus Heights’ founding father and active Rotarian James Guy Van Maren who passed away in 2012, enjoys the evening with three generation of Van Marens and extended family.
Photo by Elise Spleiss

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Close to 800 guests gathered for the 27th annual Crab Feed Fundraiser at the Citrus Heights Community Center on February 14th.

Rotary President Jessica Mang set the tone for the Valentine’s evening program as she said, “You don’t find someone you can live with; you find someone you can’t live without.” For Rotarians worldwide, this perspective extends to their volunteer lives—they believe so strongly in the organization that they cannot imagine their lives without it.

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John Meneghetti Bonds With Bill Paxton
Meneghetti with actor Bill Paxton at an NBC party in San Diego.
Photo courtesy of John Meneghetti

Local Website Brings the Stars to Citrus Heights

By John-Michael Kibrick
Posted: 3/13/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - America’s entertainment industry is perhaps unfairly centered in the infamous cities of Los Angeles and New York with signs of growth in Atlanta and San Francisco. One local man with a passion is changing the status quo and putting Citrus Heights on the entertainment map.

Sandwich John Films is an online treasure trove of the latest from the film industry and it’s run by John Meneghetti, a Citrus Heights native.

“I started the site to get into Comic-con for free,” Meneghetti told the Citrus Heights Messenger with a chuckle. “It was kind of a scammish thing I did, but it was also a passion.”

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Police Honor Quilt Maker for Exceptional Volunteerism

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 2/27/2015

Restaurant VIPs Feed Ambition

Culinary Careers Championed at Local Schools

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 2/27/2015

Sign-ups Open for Swoop Time Track and Field

Posted: 2/13/2015

Experience American Heritage Day

By Jim Hatfield
Posted: 2/13/2015


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