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The New Flagpoles and Sign from Across the Street
Mayor Sue Frost and Sylvan Garden President Travis Segebart addressed attendees at the dedication of two new flag poles and their flags on Sept. 11th, 2015.
Photos by Ken Lake

New Flags Flying High

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 10/9/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - If you blink, you’ll miss it. Motorists driving on Sylvan and Stock Ranch Roads have been doing a double take as a brand new sight greets them.

September 11th was the culmination of planning between the Sylvan Ranch Community Garden Board of Directors, American Legion Post 637, Boy Scout Troop 228, Sunrise Marketplace, and the City of Citrus Heights as a new venture came to fruition with the dedication of two new solar flagpoles and the dedication and raising of three new flags. The American flag, California State Flag, and an official Prisoner of War / Missing in Action flag are now flying over the garden, and soon, a fourth flag will be added: the Boy Scouts of America. The flags proudly fly behind the colorful new Sylvan Ranch Community Garden sign.

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When Girls Lead, the World Succeeds

Registration Is Open Now for Girl Scouts

Posted: 10/9/2015

Girl Scouts Sell Cookies
National studies from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) show it’s not just what girls do, but how they do it that makes Girl Scouts so beneficial.
Photo courtesy of Girls Scouts of America

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) is inviting girls to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts is an exciting way to engage girls all year round by providing countless opportunities for making friends, trying new things, and exercising leadership skills through activities like building robots, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, playing sports, and more.

National studies from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) show it’s not just what girls do, but how they do it that makes Girl Scouts so beneficial. Girl Scouts is unique because girls get to learn by doing, and they do so in a girl-led environment. This means that, in addition to girls learning in a hands-on and active way, they are encouraged to choose their activities, decide which topics they want to explore, and determine how they want to go about exploring them. Girl Scouts is the largest girl-led organization in the world, and it is a significant contributor to its members’ success in and enjoyment of life.

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From Farm to You: Sac County Food Scene

Posted: 9/18/2015

Bins of Fresh Vegetables on Display
On September 26th, Sacramento will celebrate the annual Farm-to-Fork Festival. This festival aims to spread awareness about the region’s local food production, consumption, and sustainability.
Photo courtesy of Sacramento County

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Whether you love a good burger and a sizzling basket of garlic fries or you prefer a lightly braised salmon with a fresh apple walnut salad, Sacramento County has the food your taste buds crave. As America’s Farm-to-Fork capital, “foodies” and those interested in unique cuisine are finding favor in the River City where the food scene is growing.

One of the most popular up-and-coming food scenes is the food truck. Sacramento Mobile Food (SacMoFo) holds events almost daily throughout the county, where food trucks present a variety of cuisine options, such as the weekly Truckin’ Tuesday lunch meet-up at 15th and Capitol in the Rose Garden. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, people crowd around trucks for Thai cuisine, boba, burgers, ice cream, smoothies, tacos, specialty hot dogs, and kettle corn, to name a few. According to SacMoFo, 28% of people who see a food truck decided to purchase from that truck. Nevertheless, food trucks are more than just good food; they also support the local community by purchasing local products and produce.

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Sunday Funday Brings Fun and Excitement

Posted: 9/18/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Bring your family and friends out to the 19th Annual Citrus Heights Sunday Funday on September 27th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rusch Park (7801 Auburn Blvd., at the corner of Auburn & Antelope). This year brings new attractions to this fun-filled family event. Sunday Funday will kick off with a performance by the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band. Live music will be provided by 101.9 The Wolf and Hot 103.5 throughout the event. The ever-popular Kid Zone will feature inflatables, rides, games, giveaways, and Citrus Heights Police K-9 demonstrations.

This year will expand the Tot Zone for the little ones. The ever-popular Kids Passport will offer kids an exciting scavenger hunt to participating vendor booths for the ability to win great prizes.

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Volunteers Build and Clean on Day of Caring 2014
Volunteers get their hands dirty at last year’s Day of Caring event.
Photo by Douglas Taylor

Volunteers Needed for United Way’s Day of Caring

Posted: 9/4/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A thousand volunteers are needed to spend one day caring for the community on September 11th by signing up for one of 37 volunteer projects happening across the region on United Way’s third annual Day of Caring, sponsored by Nationwide. The event, which kicks off the fall fundraising campaign, will start at 8 a.m. with a breakfast and rally at Cal Expo. Volunteer projects will begin at 9:30 a.m. To sign up, please visit

“This is what United Way does best—bringing together companies, volunteers, nonprofits, and more to make a collective impact in our community,” said Stephanie McLemore Bray, United Way president and CEO. “This high-energy day has grown each year because people like having an opportunity to dig their hands in and care for their community.”

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Advocates Advise Disabled Veterans

Story and Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/4/2015

Dick Brink, Wayne Austin, and Dennis Modin With US and California Flags
Disabled veterans (from left) Dick Brink, Wayne Austin, and Dennis Modin are among volunteers who will assist visiting veteran advisors on September 10th.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A Carmichael program promises straight answers regarding benefits and rights earned by disabled veterans.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #35 will host a clinic to supply advice to those challenged in health and daunted by bureaucracy. “Veterans of all ages have health problems that relate to their service,” explains Chapter Commander Dennis Modin. “Our event aims to get them started in finding help within the VA system.”

A van sponsored by the DAV’s National Service Office will bring Oakland-based representatives to the September 10th clinic at the Carmichael Veteran’s Memorial Building located at 5750 Grant Avenue. These advocates will supply free advice from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Veterans from all local areas are welcome and DAV membership is not required for participation.

Visitors should bring their Social Security number, existing claim documentation (if applicable), and records relevant to military service and health condition.

DAV Chapter #35 hosts regular meetings on the first Thursday of each month. Business convenes at 7 p.m. For information regarding the Chapter or the September 10th program, call (916) 489-6408.

Four Kids Running Home From School
Help kids stay strong, healthy, and safe this school year by putting wellness front and center.
Photo courtesy of Monkey Business,

They’re Back!

Posted: 9/4/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (STATEPOINT) - Back-to-school prep means more than a trip to the office supply store. Help kids stay strong, healthy, and safe this school year by putting wellness front and center.

“Thinking about back-to-school now can help parents keep kids on track for a healthy summer and start to school,” says Dr. Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Honoring Purple Heart Recipients

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

Is Your Yard Wildlife-Friendly?

Posted: 8/7/2015

Golf Tournament Changes the Lives of Special Needs Youth

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 8/7/2015

Crowds of Locals Run the Fab 40’s 5K

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

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

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 7/17/2015

Exhibition of Chinese Porcelain at Crocker Art Museum

Posted: 7/17/2015


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