Tavi, a female, medium-sized cat currently up for adoption. Courtesy Petfinder, River City Cat Rescue

Cat adoption events seek homes for local kitties each weekend

A local cat rescue organization is working to find suitable homes for felines through its “Adopt a City Kitty” events held each weekend at the Citrus Heights Petco on Greenback Lane.

“Meet your purrfect best friend ANY Saturday or Sunday,” reads a flier advertising Sacramento’s River City Cat Rescue adoption events. “Adopt a locally rescued kitten or cat!”

Photos and descriptions of available cats are viewable online, and the cat rescue organization’s website says all its felines are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, FeLV/FIV tested, de-wormed, microchipped and treated for fleas.

Those interested in adopting are requested to take a short questionnaire, designed to help the group find a “purrfect” match and a suitable home for each cat…

by · February 5, 2015 · Community
Fire crews were out extinguishing a blaze that ripped through a Citrus Heights home, Tuesday morning.

Early morning fire rips through Citrus Heights home

More than 25 fire personnel along with six fire trucks from four different stations responded early Tuesday morning to a blaze that caused “extensive damage” to a Citrus Heights home.

“I was in the kitchen making coffee and smelled smoke in the back of the bedroom,” said 55-year-old resident Mark Wheeler, who lives alone in the home on Ziebell Court. “I saw [things] catching on fire, so I grabbed my keys and got out of there.”

Wheeler sat outside in his van talking with several neighbors who were out watching fire crews clean up the scene on the dead-end street near Old Auburn Road and Fair Oaks Boulevard.

“I just heard a boom, and my German Shepherds went nuts,” said neighbor Grant Millhouse…

by · February 3, 2015 · Community
Citrus Heights Community Center, stock photo. //Citrus Heights Sentinel

Citrus Heights Community Center hits 5-year milestone; hosts nearly 5,000 events

Updated Jan. 31, 11:55 p.m.–
With open doors for community rentals and use since 2010, the Citrus Heights Community Center celebrated five years and nearly 5,000 events on January 25 this year…

by · January 30, 2015 · Community
A new family-run Mediterranean drive-thu has popped up behind Raley's in Citrus Heights.

REVIEW: Extreme Hummus brings Mediterranean flavor to Citrus Heights

With Citrus Heights boasting a new Mediterranean drive-thru off Antelope Road, my husband and I decided to grab a bite to eat at Extreme Hummus and were soon coming back after being impressed with the taste, service and quality of the restaurant – as well as to get a bigger picture of the menu options offered…

by · January 20, 2015 · Business, Community
An officer directs traffic after police closed off Sunrise Boulevard at Oak Avenue, Sunday afternoon.

Sunrise Blvd closed briefly after injury crash involving tree

A two-vehicle collision caused a portion of Sunrise Boulevard to be temporarily closed after sending one vehicle into a tree and several people to the hospital Sunday, according to a sergeant with the Citrus Heights Police Department.

Around 5 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a call of a vehicle collision with a tree, where officers on scene discovered that two vehicles had collided, causing one to end up off the road and into a tree, according to CHPD Sergeant Michael Wells.

Police said several people from both vehicles were transported to the hospital “for complaints of pain and precautionary reasons,” and portions of Sunrise Boulevard near Sayonara Drive up to Oak Avenue were closed while vehicles were towed from the scene…

by · December 29, 2014 · Community, Police
A screenshot of Christmas lights on Orelle Creek Court from a YouTube video.

Christmas lights in Citrus Heights: slideshow & guide

For those in search of the biggest display of Christmas lights in Citrus Heights, there’s likely no need to search any further than Orelle Creek Court, where every home on the entire dead-end street is annually decorated with thousands of multicolored lights, candy canes, manger scenes and more.

Located off Old Auburn Road towards the Roseville border, visitors to Orelle’s “Street of Lights” can expect some traffic delays as cars cram through the sole entry and exit point of the small Court, eager to get a look at the seasonal Christmas displays.

Those looking for lights around Citrus Heights with a little less traffic can also see some fancy displays on homes at:

6823 Brougham Way

6617 Golden Rain Ct.

7001 Whyte Ave.

by · December 24, 2014 · Community
A BloodSource "Blood Mobile" parked outside Sunrise Mall during a prior blood drive. // Courtesy, BloodSource

Sunrise Mall blood drive offers free movie tickets

Updated Dec. 27, 5:29 p.m.–
Last-minute gift shoppers at Sunrise Mall had a chance to squeeze in an extra gift on Christmas Eve, as “Blood Mobiles” were set up in the parking lot offering free movie tickets to those who helped infuse supplies during a customarily low donation season…

by · December 22, 2014 · Community
STORM: Residents pile up on free sandbags

STORM: Residents pile up on free sandbags

Updated Dec. 11, 9:46 a.m.–
“Load your own” sandbag locations in Citrus Heights have been busy this week, with shovel-ready residents stopping by through Wednesday to load up on free sand in preparation for heavy rains and high winds hitting the area this week.

“This is definitely going to be a lifesaver,” said 29-year-old Delorean Walton, who was out Tuesday helping his mom fill sandbags, saying they’ve had some close calls with flooding in the past. “It was nice they put the piles out here early.”

Although free for Citrus Heights residents, volunteer Sarah Clement was on scene checking ID’s, saying more than a few people were turned away for coming from outside the city limits.

The first-time volunteer also said the “steady stream” of sandbaggers had been “remarkably kind” all day at the McDonald Field location.

“Everybody’s been really nice and helpful,” Clement said…

by · December 9, 2014 · Community
A car splashes through a large puddle on the side of Old Auburn Road, during last week's rain.

City gears up for storm; offers preparation tips for residents

Updated Dec. 10, 12:33 p.m.–
The City of Citrus Heights is busy providing storm preparation tips and getting staff and equipment ready for fallen trees, clogged gutters and flooding that often accompany the heavy winds and rain expected this week.

by · December 9, 2014 · City Hall, Community
Citrus Heights Marching Band ‘Flash Mobs’ Walmart

Citrus Heights Marching Band ‘Flash Mobs’ Walmart

With trumpets blaring and drums rolling, about 30 members of the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band filled the Auburn Boulevard Walmart with sounds of Christmas for about half an hour, Saturday, as surprised shoppers looked on.

“I think it’s great that we have a community marching band,” said Walmart shopper Rita Fox, highlighting the diverse ages of band members. “It gives the older people a chance to mingle with the younger people.”

Parading through the isles in a circle inside the store shortly after 11 a.m., band members assembled near the entrance to play several more songs, while many onlookers took video on cellphones.

“It sounds very nice, just a little loud — you know, marching bands in the store,” said Liz Rohan of Citrus Heights, who stopped by to watch the group play tunes like “Silent Night,” and “Jolly ol’ Saint Nicholas.”

by · December 7, 2014 · Community