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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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Youngsters Practice Running Skills
Kids participate in running exercises.
Photo courtesy of Swoop Time

Sign-ups Open for Swoop Time Track and Field

Posted: 2/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Local youth sports programs continue to play an important role this year with the “Swoop Time” Track and Field Club for children ages 7-18.

Swoop Time, a local non-profit for youth, hosts the club and still has spots open on their roster for the 2015 season.

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Dressed in Period Uniforms This Drum and Fife Band Puts On a Brightly Colored Display
The California Consolidated Drum Band entertains visitors at the event.
Photos by Jim Hatfield

Experience American Heritage Day

By Jim Hatfield
Posted: 2/13/2015

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - You are invited to attend the 13th annual American Heritage Day event sponsored by the Mount Vernon Memorial Park at 8201 Greenback Lane in Fair Oaks. The event will be held on Monday, February 16th (Presidents’ Day) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the event is free. Mark your calendars, tell your friends, and be sure to bring your cameras.

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Firefighters Ask Community to Help “Fill The Boots”

Posted: 1/30/2015

A Group of Firefighters Hold Up Their Boots
Collectors hold up their firefighter boots in which they collect donations.
Photo courtesy of the Firefighters Burn Institute

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - It’s that time of year again to be prepared to give coins and cash to firefighters collecting donations to help burn victims.

Firefighters from many of the fire departments serving Sacramento and surrounding communities will support the Firefighters Burn Institute (FFBI) in their annual “Fill the Boot for Burns,” Boot Drive in February. This year’s Boot Drive will once again be held President’s Day weekend from February 12th through February 15th at the corner of Sunrise Blvd. at Greenback Ln. at the Sunrise Mall and Sunrise MarketPlace.

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Community Donates 96 Baby Baskets for New Moms

Posted: 1/30/2015

A Basket Filled With Baby Clothes and Useful Things For New Moms
The Sacramento Life Center’s Baby Basket Drive raised funding for 96 baskets in December, which will be given to new moms throughout 2015.
Photo Courtesy of Kristin Thébaud Communications

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Community members donated $4,800 in December to provide 96 local pregnant women with baby baskets, thanks to the Sacramento Life Center’s Baby Basket Drive. The baskets are filled with needed items including formula, diapers, newborn clothes, pacifiers, and more, and are given to every Sacramento Life Center patient after the baby’s birth. Donors also gave new items to add to the 1,000 baskets the Sacramento Life Center will give in 2015. Monetary donations and new items for baby baskets are accepted year-round. For more information, visit

“Our patients may come in for a pregnancy test, but they leave with strong support systems and resources,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director. “We want to encourage women and teen girls and their partners that they are capable of caring for a child, and we understand the hurdles that they often face, sometimes as simple as wondering if they will be able to afford diapers. These baby baskets give new moms a boost of confidence and needed supplies.”

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Smiling Girl Scout Offers Boxes of Cookies
Girl Scouts Heart of Central California purchases its cookies from ABC Bakers, one of two licensed Girl Scout cookie bakers.

Girl Scouts About More Than Just Cookies

Posted: 1/30/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Girl Scout Cookie Season is underway and continues through March 22nd! But there’s more to Girl Scout Cookies than what’s in the box—Girl Scouts is about the essential skills a girl gains from interacting with customers and the experience of running her own cookie business and working with others. New this year, Girl Scouts will be able to sell their cookies online through Digital Cookie, adding new skills to the program like online marketing and e-commerce.

From its earliest beginnings in 1917 to its current popularity, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has helped girls have fun, develop valuable life skills, and make their communities a better place. Cookie earnings help pay for the leadership activities and field trips Girl Scouts do all year long. Plus, the cookie program benefits more than just the girls selling them. With their earnings, Girl Scouts fund important community projects at the local level. When you buy Girl Scout cookies in your neighborhood, you are keeping your dollars in the community.

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

One Thousand Men Sought for 2015 Record-Breaking March

By Linda Harper
Posted: 1/16/2015

Food for Families Raises Almost Three Million Pounds of Food in Holiday Donation Campaign

Posted: 1/16/2015

Women’s Empowerment Receives $25,000 From Save Mart C.A.R.E.S.

Grant Will Help Sacramento Women Break the Cycle of Homelessness

Posted: 12/18/2014

Annual Holiday Bus Painting Party

Regional Transit Charity Tradition Continues

By Michael Young, RT Marketing Representative
Posted: 12/18/2014

Earth Angels Bring Hope to Kids

Citrus Heights Women’s Club Supports A Community For Peace

By Elaine Whitefeather
Executive Director, A Community For Peace
Posted: 12/18/2014

Church Fair Offers a Crafty Christmas

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 12/4/2014

Holiday Open House at Citrus Town Center

By Connie Hall
Posted: 12/4/2014


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