Classic cars on display during the 2014 Hot August Bites event at Rusch Park.

‘Hot August Bites’ brings food, car show to Rusch Park

Live music, food trucks, a bounce house and several hundred classic cars are on schedule for the 2nd annual Citrus Heights “Hot August Bites” event this Saturday, with organizers inviting folks to bring the family and a lawn chair out to Rush Park for an evening of fun.

The free four-hour event promises to include over 300 classic cars in a car show presented by Autos for Alzheimer’s, thousands of dollars in raffle prizes, and 101.9 The Wolf and Hot 103.5 on site to keep the music going.

The Saturday event is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. on August 15, with a free night swim offered at Rusch Pool from 4 to 7 p.m., according to an event flier…

by · August 12, 2015 · Community
Citrus Heights This Week: what’s happening in town (Aug. 10-16)

Citrus Heights This Week: what’s happening in town (Aug. 10-16)

Events around Citrus Heights this week include Food Truck Mania, a city council meeting, and the annual Hot August Bites at Rusch Park — which organizers say will feature 300 classic cars in the Auto’s for Alzheimer’s classic car show.

August 11: Known as National Safe Digging Day, Citrus Heights council members passed a resolution in support of the day this year, highlighting the effort to raise awareness to possible dangers of digging and the free services available by calling 8-1-1.

Aug. 12: A swarm of food trucks will once again descend on Rusch Park from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, as part of a new 2015 Food Truck Mania summer event series at the park. Continuing through September, the array of food trucks and live music will be out in the park on the second Wednesday of each month…

by · August 10, 2015 · Community
Stock photo, Citrus Heights Sentinel.

Citrus Heights residents report hearing ‘bomb’ explosions

Numerous Citrus Heights residents reported hearing multiple explosion noises coming from the area near Citrus Heights Elementary on Tuesday morning and Wednesday night this week, with sounds reportedly being heard as far away as Interstate 80 and Antelope Road.

“I thought it was an explosion of some kind,” resident Dean Pryne said, adding that the bomb-like noise sounded like it came from directly in front of his house. “It wasn’t a firework.”

Pryne said he heard a first explosion around 3 a.m. Tuesday, after being awoken by a blast strong enough to shake his house on Raintree Drive. He said a second explosion was heard Wednesday around 10 p.m…

by · August 6, 2015 · Community, Police
Residents in the Greenback Wood neighborhood gather for an outdoor ice cream social and parade for National Night Out.

Parade, parties highlight National Night Out in Citrus Heights

Updated August 5, 11:30 p.m.–
At least 13 different neighborhood groups held various outdoor social events around Citrus Heights Tuesday night, as part of National Night Out – an annual event focused on preventing crime by knowing and looking out for your neighbor.

“It was wonderful out here tonight,” said Greenback Wood Neighborhood Watch leader Susan Jenkins, who noticed a rise in participation this year. “It’s so important for people to come out and meet the neighbors they haven’t met before… it’s so important for crime prevention.”

Jenkins’ neighborhood celebration included free ice cream from a sponsor and a small parade led by a half-dozen Citrus Heights police vehicles and a Metro Fire ladder truck in the rear…

by · August 5, 2015 · Community, Police
Citrus Heights This Month: What’s happening in August

Citrus Heights This Month: What’s happening in August

Looking for some local August events going on in Citrus Heights? Here’s a snapshot view of some upcoming events in town:

August 4: On Tuesday night, neighborhood groups around the country — including at least 13 in Citrus Heights — will host a variety of outdoor get-togethers to take part in the 2015 National Night Out. The 32nd annual event is a country-wide effort to help prevent crime by connecting neighbors and building local partnerships between communities and police.

August 7: On Friday, the Citrus Town Center will host its final kids camp of the summer season, featuring a “Princess and Pirate Party” theme this time…

by · August 2, 2015 · Community
Work begins on new Antelope Rd stoplight project

Work begins on new Antelope Rd stoplight project

Construction began last week on a project to signalize the intersection of Antelope Road at Amsterdam avenue and Rosswood Drive in Citrus Heights, with City officials anticipating the project to be completed in the next five weeks.

During construction, Amsterdam Avenue and Rosswood Drive will be open for traffic, but Antelope Road is currently limited to one lane in each direction between about 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., according to City Construction Inspector Randy Keen.

Keen said the project includes new sidewalks, stoplight poles, crosswalks, handicap ramps and several new LED street lights. He said the project was a condition included in the approval of the AutumnWood housing development in order to accommodate the increased traffic on Amsterdam Avenue coming from the 46 new homes…

by · July 30, 2015 · City Hall, Community
Police, residents in the Greenback Woods neighborhood discuss crime prevention during the 2014 National Night Out.

Citrus Heights residents, police prep for National Night Out

Updated Aug 3, 5:21 p.m.–
Police and neighborhood groups across Citrus Heights are once again preparing for participation in the August 4th National Night Out, as part of a country-wide effort to prevent crime by connecting neighbors and building local partnerships between communities and police.

Called the “nation’s night out against crime,” Sgt. Michael Wells with the Citrus Heights Police Department said the evening is one where residents “are encouraged to join with their neighbors to have a neighborhood block party, ice cream social or other outdoor event to build neighborhood spirit and unity.”

The police sergeant said building strong neighborhoods is the “first defense against crime,” stating research shows crime goes down when neighbors know and look out for each other…

by · July 29, 2015 · Community, Police
Citrus Heights This Week: What’s going on in town (July 27-Aug 2)

Citrus Heights This Week: What’s going on in town (July 27-Aug 2)

Things are a bit quiet around Citrus Heights this week, with only a handful of community meetings scheduled and a final California Dream TeamTennis match on Wednesday — but August promises to heat things up with several larger events on the calendar.

July 27: On Monday, guest speakers from the Area 4 Agency on Aging have been invited by the Sylvan Old Auburn Road (SOAR) neighborhood group to discuss identifying and prioritizing needs of seniors in Citrus Heights, according to a meeting flier. The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at 7521 Community Drive in the Sylvan Community Center.

July 29: Wednesday evening features the final TeamTennis match in the Dream Stadium for the 2015 season, with California Dream players facing the San Diego Aviators…

by · July 27, 2015 · Community
Citrus Heights Police Sgt. David Gutierrez navigates through a myriad of cones set up in the Sunrise Mall parking lot, Saturday.

Police motorcycle competition draws crowds to Citrus Heights

Police said about 2,000 people and 27 motorcycle officers from as far as Nevada attended the third annual Citrus Heights Traffic Safety Day and Police Motorcycle Competition in the Sunrise Mall parking lot, Saturday.

Citrus Heights police took home several awards throughout the day, with Officer Kristopher Frey earning an award for first place on his Harley Davidson motorcycle and Sgt. David Gutierrez narrowly outperforming a Fresno PD rider to take first place in a BMW “Division B Class” competition.

Other competition events included a “Money Ball Challenge,” where riders had to play basketball while on their motorcycles, and a final competition involving nearly all 27 officers called “Last Man Standing…

by · July 26, 2015 · Community, Police
Police officers compete in last year's motorcycle competition at Sunrise Mall.

Sat: Citrus Heights Police to host motorcycle competition, safety fair

A K-9 police dog demo and helicopter landing will be featured in this year’s Citrus Heights Traffic Safety Day and Police Motorcycle Competition at Sunrise Mall, as officers from across California and as far as Nevada descend on the city to compete in the third annual event this Saturday.

“There’s gonna be tons of stuff for the kids and family,” said Citrus Heights Police Sgt. David Gutierrez, highlighting plans for a driving simulator, kids bike safety skills rodeo, bounce houses and various demo’s throughout the day.

The free event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 25 in the mall parking lot just south of Elephant Bar, according to Sgt. Gutierrez. He said this year promises to be “quite a treat,” with the police competition featuring a new “head-to-head motorcycle dual, a motorcycle-basketball shooting event and a unique slow speed challenge course…”

by · July 25, 2015 · Community