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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

Lotte Reed Appearing With Police Chief Christopher Boyd
Police Chief Christopher Boyd (right) said of Lotte Reed (left), “Because of her, a child in need is gifted a quilt, a person in a nursing home gains a lap quilt, a homeless person receives a handbag or hat, and an ill person receives one to ease their journey.”
Photos courtesy of the Citrus Heights Police Department

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - On February 12, 2015, at the Citrus Heights City Council meeting, Mrs. Lotte Reed, a long time Citrus Heights resident and active member of the Golden Valley Quilt Guild of Citrus Heights was honored in a special ceremony by the Citrus Heights Police Department.

Chief of Police Christopher Boyd read from a plaque presented to Reed for her endless service to her community and the police since 2006 when the department was established.

As the Community Service Coordinator for the Golden Valley Quilt Guild (a group of 100 quilters) for the past 4 years, Reed (84) was instrumental in raising the production of quilts to a total of 788 donated in 2014 alone. Recipients of these ladies’ labors include those from birth, through all stages of life to those nearing the end of their lives. Quilts are distributed through the police department, nursing homes, veteran’s hospitals, homeless facilities, Child and Adult Protective Services, and for victims of domestic violence, through A Community For Peace to name a few.

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Restaurant VIPs Feed Ambition

Culinary Careers Championed at Local Schools

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 2/27/2015

Bobby Coyote, Chris Jarosz, and Jeff Zahniser With Three Culinary Students
Visiting restauranteurs Bobby Coyote (left) and Chris Jarosz, owner of West Sacramento’s Broderick Roadhouse (center), toured the Leo A. Palmiter High School garden and met with culinary students and instructor Jeff Zahniser.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Something other than food was cooking when celebrity restaurateurs recently showed up at two Sacramento-area schools. Indeed, inspiration was on the menu.

At Leo A. Palmiter High in Arcade, 30 teenage culinary students heard about how Bobby Coyote started out as a soda jerk and now operates his own restaurant chain, how Chris Jarosz washed enough dishes to eventually own several food trucks and three restaurants (one of which is a fixture in West Sacramento), and how Mikki Stevens started out as a hostess and now directs operations for the company that runs Johnny Rockets franchises.

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Sign-ups Open for Swoop Time Track and Field

Posted: 2/13/2015

Experience American Heritage Day

By Jim Hatfield
Posted: 2/13/2015

Firefighters Ask Community to Help “Fill The Boots”

Posted: 1/30/2015

Community Donates 96 Baby Baskets for New Moms

Posted: 1/30/2015

Girl Scouts About More Than Just Cookies

Posted: 1/30/2015


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