File photo, kids line up for a turn on the "Log Jammer" inflatable during a prior Sunday Funday event at Rusch Park. // Image courtesy, City of Citrus Heights.

Sunday Funday event at Rusch Park to feature inflatables, pony rides, tours

The 21st annual Sunday Funday event is scheduled for Sept. 24 at Rusch Park, promising free activities like inflatables and pony rides for kids, as well as vendor booths and free tours of the historic Rusch Home. The four-hour event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the northwest corner of the park.

According to a news release from the City of Citrus Heights, K-9 demonstrations will be featured by the police department and a “Smile Keepers” mobile truck will be on site to offer free dental screenings, referrals, and oral health education for children.

Tours of the nearby Rusch Home, which was built in 1914, will also be hosted during the event by the Citrus Heights Historical Society and the Citrus Heights History and Arts Commission…

by · September 22, 2017 · Community
Citrus Heights police meet with residents during Coffee with a Cop at Starbucks on Wednesday. // Image courtesy, CHPD

Citrus Heights News Briefs: housing, cops & coffee, city award, dropped charges

Latest local news briefs include Citrus Heights winning an award for its homeless navigator program, felony charges dropped against a suspect who was severely burned during an arrest in June, police hosting a “Coffee with a Cop” event at Starbucks on Sunrise Boulevard, and a local senator blasting the passage of several housing-related bills.

Citrus Heights wins statewide award for homeless navigator program–
Citrus Heights was recognized by the League of California Cities this month for the city’s innovative navigator program, winning a 2017 Helen Putnam Award in the category of Housing Programs and Innovations. The city was recognized during the League’s Sept. 13 general session at the Sacramento Convention Center. The city first launched the pilot program in 2015 in partnership with the Citrus Heights Homeless Assistance Resource Team, a local nonprofit organization. After the program was credited with helping house the homeless, the city provided additional funding to expand the program…

by · September 17, 2017 · Community
A massive big top will be set up outside Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights for Circus Vargas. // Archive photo, courtesy Circus Vargas

Circus Vargas to bring big top entertainment back to Sunrise Mall

The big top is returning to Citrus Heights, with new performances and entertainment scheduled for Sept. 21-25 at Sunrise Mall. A massive tent for the circus will be set up in the mall parking lot, made of 90,000 square feet of fabric and secured by over four miles of rope and cable that reportedly weigh over 17 tons.

Although bringing the circus annually to Citrus Heights and cities, Circus Vargas seeks to change up the performances offered each year for a unique experience. This year’s “Steam Cirque” theme will feature a new “retro-futuristic production” with goggles, gears and gadgets in a “science-fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey,” according to a news release.

Showtimes are largely scheduled to begin in the evenings, with additional daytime showings on Saturday and Sunday. Organizers recommend attendees arrive 45 minutes early for the better seating options and also to participate in pre-show interactive features, where kids “can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more.”

by · September 16, 2017 · Community
Citrus Heights Community Marching Band Director Kathy Cook with husband, bill, next to "Brassie" the dinosaur. // Photo courtesy, CHCMB

Citrus Heights marching band unveils dinosaur made of old instruments

By Hazel Ford–
A community marching band in Citrus Heights has added a giant dinosaur to its formation. “Brassie the Brassaurous” is over seven feet tall and 18 feet long, and is a tyrannosaurus-shaped statue made from 45 different “extinct” musical instruments.

Brassie was built in about a week’s time by Bill Cook, the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band’s co-program director, along with part-time help from the band’s music director, Kody Tickner.

“I just started laying out old instruments and used my construction experience and knowledge to put everything together,” Cook said in a Sept. 15 news release. He said the idea to build Brassie came after he saw a dinosaur made out of tuba parts on Facebook and also because the band has a Jurassic theme for 2017…

by · September 16, 2017 · Community
Citrus Heights police officers pose for a photo outside Dutch Bros. on Madison Avenue during a fundraiser on Monday for slain Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Robert French. // Image credit: CHPD, Twitter

Citrus Heights News Briefs: missing boy, gun seizure, Irma, transit

Latest Citrus Heights news briefs include a traveling Citrus Heights couple stranded in the wake of Hurricane Irma, new faces added to a local most-wanted list, a missing boy found after a helicopter-assisted search, community coffee planned at a bus stop, an 18-year-old arrested for possessing a loaded sawed-off shotgun in his vehicle, and more.

Fox40: Citrus Heights couple trapped in Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma strikes–
A couple from Citrus Heights who were visiting the Virgin Islands are currently stranded without power and cellphone service after Hurricane Irma hit the island they were on, according to a Fox 40 news report on Saturday. Two of the couple’s grown children, Kenny and Samantha Tullgren, told the TV station they knew their parents had survived, but with communication lines down, they…

by · September 10, 2017 · Community
Citrus Heights’ longest living resident reflects on history of city

Citrus Heights’ longest living resident reflects on history of city

Ted Mitchell, 91, is believed to be the city’s longest living resident, having been born and raised in Citrus Heights.

In a short video interview published by the Citrus Heights History and Arts Commission on Youtube, Mitchell shares some highlights about the history of Citrus Heights and what it was like growing up in the area.

Mitchell’s great-grandfather purchased 160 acres of land in 1866 for $1,600 in gold coins. The property, located north of Greenback Lane and East of Sunrise Boulevard, was initially so thickly wooded with large oak trees that before the family could grow any crops, they had to clear the trees by hand…

by · September 9, 2017 · Community
20 interesting facts you likely didn’t know about Citrus Heights

20 interesting facts you likely didn’t know about Citrus Heights

Do you know how many businesses are based in Citrus Heights? How about what year “Citrus Heights” got its name, or why there are roving rabbits around Sylvan Oaks Library?

Answers to those questions and more can be found in the city’s latest list of top 20 facts about Citrus Heights, a list compiled by the city as part of a “top 20” series of lists being released each month in 2017 to celebrate the city’s 20th birthday. All 20 facts are published below, along with additional details added for context:

1. In 1997, Citrus Heights was the first city to incorporate in the state since 1963. (Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova soon followed by incorporating in 2000 and 2003, respectively)

2. In 1910, a real estate developer changed the name from “Sylvan” to “Citrus Heights.”

by · September 8, 2017 · City Hall, Community
Jane Daly, is a Citrus Heights resident and author of several published books. // CH Sentinel

Meet Jane Daly: Citrus Heights resident, award-winning author

Jane Daly’s business card says it all: “Banker by day, blogger by night.” Well, not quite all — she’s not just a blogger, she’s a professional speaker and an author who just took home two awards for her books last month.

A Sacramento-area native, Daly moved to Citrus Heights in 1985 and raised her family in the Birdcage Heights neighborhood along with her husband Mike. Both her daughter and son were active in local basketball teams and her son was also on the Sunrise Sharks swim team…

by · September 2, 2017 · Community, Religion
Citrus Heights News Briefs: arrest, awards, Harvey fundraiser, vacancy

Citrus Heights News Briefs: arrest, awards, Harvey fundraiser, vacancy

Latest news briefs include a local fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey relief, a 20-year-old Citrus Heights man being arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting, police motorcycle competition awards announced, a temporary cooling center opening inside the community center, and applications being sought to fill a vacancy on a local water board.

Citrus Heights man, 20, arrested in connection with drive-by shooting–
Roseville police detectives announced the arrest of a Citrus Heights man on Aug. 25, charging him with firing at least five handgun rounds into a Roseville residence in April of this year. Police said the shots were fired around 5 a.m. at a home on the 1200 block of Schooner Way on April 30, and a vehicle was heard speeding away. Although a resident was home at the time of the shooting, no one was hit…

by · September 1, 2017 · Community
Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost speaks during a community meeting in Citrus Heights on Aug. 25. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights News Briefs: salary, fatality, smoke, homeless, red light cams

Latest local news briefs include a pay raise being approved for the city manager, an out-of-control ag burn blowing smoke over Citrus Heights, Supervisor Sue Frost holding a local community meeting at Coco’s, and a fatal motorcycle accident last weekend.

Council approves pay raise for city manager in 4-1 vote–
City Manager Christopher Boyd will take a 2% pay raise on his $255,000 salary, following a 4-1 vote by the city council on Aug. 24. Beginning next year, Boyd will also receive a $100 increase in monthly health care benefit contributions. Councilman Bret Daniels was the lone vote against the move, stating that although the city manager…

by · August 26, 2017 · Community