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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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Judy Steele, Kristy Hernandez, Valerie Lujan-Sundukos, Darla Buechner, Rita Seale, Corine Klasinski, and Claudia Ferguson With a Big Check
Members of GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club accept a check at recent veteran’s picnic from Rita Seale, American Woodmen representative (third from right). Funds were matched up to $2,500 by fundraisers in the community. Shown left to right: GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club members Judy Steele, Kristy Hernandez, Valerie Lujan-Sundukos, Darla Buechner (president), Rita Seale, Corine Klasinski, and Claudia Ferguson.
Photo courtesy of the CHWC Women’s Club

A Need Fulfilled

By Rita Seale
Posted: 9/18/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Modern Woodmen of America members in Citrus Heights recently helped raise money for the Citrus Heights Women’s Club by purchasing raffle tickets and dining at Buffalo Wild Wings at a special fundraiser.

The event, held on July 31, 2014, raised $4,578.78. This includes $2,289 matched by Modern Woodmen’s home office through the organization’s Matching Fund Program. The money will be used to secure Rusch Park and help fund future Citrus Heights Veteran’s Appreciation picnics, which are free to veterans and their families.

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Clarence “Bud” Anderson and Congressman Ami Bera, With Honor Guard and Three Plane Flyby Salute
Triple Ace pilot Clarence “Bud” Anderson (center) was saluted at the California Capital Airshow by an honor guard in vintage uniforms. WW II aircraft performed a fly- past after Congressman Ami Bera (second left) presented commendations to the 92-year- old.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Air Show Honors Triple Ace

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/18/2014

MATHER, CA (MPG) - Arriving at Mather Field by airplane and vintage jeep, ace pilot Clarence “Bud” Anderson was guest of honor at the California Capital Airshow last weekend.

The event saluted more than 100 WWII veteran attendees, whom Congressman Ami Bera called “the greatest nation’s greatest generation.” Among the hundreds of contemporary aircraft at Mather Field, prop-powered fighters from the European and Pacific theaters were soaring war birds. Over two days, their fly-pasts and barrel rolls delighted 100,000 observers at Mather Airport.

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Historic Rusch Home and Gardens Work Day Yesteryear Volunteers Needed

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

Inside the Rusch House, Sunlight and Rustic Furniture
Inside the mahogany lined foyer looking into the family room of the Historic Rusch Home and Gardens, which was built in 1914 after the original farmhouse burned down.
Photo courtesy of Sunrise Recreation and Park District

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - On October 11, 2014, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., The Sunrise Recreation and Park District will be hosting a Volunteer Work Day at the Historic Rusch Home and Gardens in Citrus Heights located at 7301 Antelope Road in the West End of Rusch Park.

The Historic Rusch Home is a 1,712 square foot craftsman style home built in 1914 and is located within a 2.14-acre private garden setting.

Due to the uniqueness and historical significance of the property, upkeep of the home and grounds requires an extra level of detailed maintenance with opportunities available in the gardens, as well as on the inside and outside of the Home.

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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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