Samples from more than two dozen local vendors were provided for attendees at a "Taste of Citrus Heights" fundraiser at the Community Center, Friday night. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights News Briefs: Mel’s memorial, food tasting, arrest, lost kids

Latest local news briefs include “Taste of Citrus Heights” drawing a crowd to the community center, a memorial service date set for late-Councilman Mel Turner, $30,000 raised to fight cancer, a missing trio of minors found after a six-hour search, a new appointment to the planning commission, and a local arrest made after a CHP plane was reportedly hit by a laser pointer.

Local Relay for Life at SJHS raises over $30k to fight cancer–
The 14th annual Relay for Life event held on April 22-23 at San Juan High School reportedly raised more than $30,000 for the American Cancer Society. As of April 27, local fundraising was listed at $30,464.50 on the organization’s website — almost double the amount…

by · April 29, 2017 · Community
Stock photo, violin.

Local concert band to perform at Rusch Park

A Citrus Heights-based band will be giving a free public concert at Rusch Park on May 6. The event is in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Capitol Pops Concert Band, which formed in 1997 — the same year Citrus Heights became a city.

The concert is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the Rusch Park Gym, located on Auburn Boulevard in Citrus Heights. Attendees can expect a run-time of around two hours with a 20-minute intermission, according to an April news release…

by · April 27, 2017 · Community
County Supervisor Sue Frost was elected in Nov. 2016 to represent District 4, which includes Citrus Heights.

Supervisor Frost: ‘Sanctuary’ Citrus Heights?

Guest opinion column by County Supervisor Sue Frost–
The California State legislature may soon make California the first “Sanctuary State” in the Nation. I want to take a moment to explain what this means for Sacramento County, and how it impacts Citrus Heights residents.

To become a “Sanctuary State,” California will have to violate Federal information laws and limit cooperation with the Federal Government in order to help individuals who are illegally in the country avoid deportation.

Pet-a-Palooza 2017 drew thousands to Rusch Park in Citrus Heights. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights News Briefs: RT, homeless vets, Frost update, Pet-a-Palooza

Updated April 24, 9:08 a.m.–
Latest news briefs include thousands of pets and people coming to Rusch Park on Saturday for Pet-a-Palooza 2017, an event held to help homeless veterans at Holy Family Church, marijuana and sanctuary state legislation addressed at a local community meeting, and a new survey being released by Regional Transit.

Pet-a-Palooza draws thousands to Rusch Park
Pets and people flooded into Rusch Park for the annual Pet-a-Palooza event on April 22, enjoying food trucks, pet activities, and more. Unlike prior years, the event was contained to the west side of the park, closest to the Rusch Home…

by · April 23, 2017 · Community
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New Citrus Heights art group to host exhibit, live painting demo

A recently formed artist networking group will be showcasing their work at a local art fair on April 29. More than a dozen members of the Creative Collaborations Crew of Citrus Heights will be demonstrating live painting at the fair, according to a news release from event organizers.

The fair will be held in the Jasper’s Giant Hamburgers parking lot on the corner of Madison Avenue and Dewey Drive. Parking and attendance will be free, but guests may want to bring a wallet since art will be on sale and Jasper’s will also have a special breakfast menu for the event.

by · April 22, 2017 · Community
Mel Turner, a sitting Citrus Heights councilman and former  mayor, passed away on April 20. // Image courtesy, City of Citrus Heights

Community voices: reflections on the life of Mel Turner

Following the death of Citrus Heights councilman and former mayor Mel Turner on April 20, many who knew him have offered reflections and statements about his life. He is remembered as a listener, a mentor, a friend, and a caring leader — as well as for his deep voice and beaming smile.

A compilation of recent statements from city leaders and community members is included below. Service arrangements have…

by · April 22, 2017 · City Hall, Community
Citrus Heights Councilman and former mayor Mel Turner, pictured during a December 2014 council meeting. // CH Sentinel

City leaders, community mourn passing of Citrus Heights Councilman Mel Turner

Citrus Heights Councilman Mel Turner, known for his warm leadership and deep voice, has died in office after battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year.

Following Turner’s passing on the morning of April 20, a ceremony was held at noon on Thursday in honor of the councilman, attended by more than 100 community members, staff, and city leaders.

by · April 20, 2017 · City Hall, Community
Signs at the entrance advertise the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band's annual Fall Yard Sale fundraiser.

Citrus Heights marching band hosting huge 2017 spring yard sale

A large yard sale benefiting the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band will be held on April 28-30 this year, with organizers annually promising a large selection of items at bargain prices.

The all-volunteer marching band announced its 2017 yard sale fundraiser on its Facebook page this month, advertising the event will feature everything from furniture to kitchen appliances, and more…

by · April 18, 2017 · Community
Citrus Heights News Briefs: home invasion, night club update, top 20 leaders

Citrus Heights News Briefs: home invasion, night club update, top 20 leaders

Latest local news briefs include a proposal for a Latin-themed night club gaining unanimous approval following a public hearing, a home invasion robbery under investigation, and the latest “Top 20” list unveiled in celebration of Citrus Heights’ 20th birthday.

New Citrus Heights night club approved 6-0 by planning commission–
The owner of Alley Katz bar on Arcadia Drive received a green light from planning commissioners on Wednesday, allowing him to proceed with plans to reformat his facility into a Latin-themed night club. The new “Plush Restaurant and Lounge” will…

by · April 16, 2017 · Business, Community
A Taste of Citrus Heights will be held at the community center on April 28. // Image courtesy, GFWC Citrus Heights Women's Club

‘Taste of Citrus Heights’ event to offer local flavor, raise funds for CHPD

An upcoming all-you-can-eat fundraiser at the Citrus Heights Community Center on April 28 is promising to treat attendees with catered food and beverage tasting from several dozen local restaurants, incorporated with an evening of comedy, dance, and support for local police.

GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club President Kristy Hernandez, whose group is putting on the “Taste of Citrus Heights” event, said the evening will feature DJ Angelique Bianca, a silent auction and raffle, stand-up comedy, two hours of all-you-can-eat tasting, and a…

by · April 14, 2017 · Business, Community