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Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Sac Sheriff Challenges Citrus Heights Police Chief for “Ice Bucket” Fundraiser

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones plunged into the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” Sunday, posting a video on Facebook with a challenge to several area police chiefs, including Chief Christopher Boyd of the Citrus Heights Police Department.

“Could you have poured that any slower?” the sheriff is seen in the video asking his deputies behind him, who took nearly five seconds to pour about 20 gallons of ice water on their boss.

A spokesperson for CHPD said that Chief Boyd already did an Ice Bucket Challenge several weeks ago, and was unsure if the Chief planned to respond to the Sheriff’s latest challenge.

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Fire Truck from Citrus Heights' Engine 21

Firemen Reach Out with Kid-Friendly Truck Tour, Safety Tips

Firemen from Citrus Heights-based Station 21 were out offering safety tips and a kid-friendly tour of their fire engine at the monthly Birdcage Heights Neighborhood Association meeting, Wednesday night.

Inside the cafeteria of Skycrest Elementary, Captain Brian Gonsalves was joined by two others from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District to answer questions from the audience and share about their role in the community, before moving outside for a fire truck tour.

Kids enjoyed a hands-on tour of the truck, some taking a seat inside for a photo, and others watching Firefighter Paramedic Tyler Craft “gear up” — a head-to-toe task that takes about a minute in the station, according to Craft.

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‘Hot August Bites’ Brings Cars, Food & Fun to Citrus Heights

Citrus Heights held its first “Hot August Bites” event over the weekend, with classic cars, live music, food trucks and a bounce house for the kids filling up Rusch Park for the evening.

The three-hour event delivered on its promise for a family-friendly evening, complete with a free swim offered at Rusch Pool, a rock climbing wall and a classic car show put on by Auto’s for Alzheimer’s. The Tone Monkey’s also performed live music in the park for attendees.

Hosted in partnership with the Sunrise Recreation and Park District, the event replaced the annual “Summer Concert Series,” which was discontinued due to low attendance of the series in past years, according to organizers.

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National Night Out in Citrus Heights

Neighbors, Police Celebrate National Night Out Across Citrus Heights

With ice cream socials, picnics, barbecues and more, 16 different neighborhoods across Citrus Heights participated in the 31st annual National Night Out yesterday, as part of a country-wide effort to prevent crime by connecting neighbors and building local partnerships between the community and police.

Beginning as early as 4 p.m. and continuing well-after dark, residents around the city gathered outside their homes and on quiet neighborhood streets to get to know one another and do their part in preventing crime in their area.

Citrus Heights police officers made an effort to show up at each event around the city, seeing the night as a way to increase trust, build strong communities and reduce crime, according to Officer Anthony Boehle, who was out participating in a small parade in the Greenback Wood area.

“I really do think it helps,” said Greenback Wood Neighborhood Watch Community Coordinator Susan Jenkins, whose group celebrates National Night Out each year with a three-quarter mile joint parade of local police and residents

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Citrus Heights Water Use Drops 20%, While Statewide Use Rises

According to the Citrus Heights Water District, users cut overall water consumption by 20 percent so far this year and will not see any additional reduction requirements from the District — despite other water suppliers resorting to mandatory fines and penalties.

In an email response to water questions raised by residents, CHWD said its approach “has been and will continue to be education and working with customers to reduce water use,” and that it “has no intent of reviewing individual meter data to enforce a 20 percent reduction goal.”

In a July Water Update the District said it calculated its water use reduction percentage by comparing overall water use during the first six months of 2014 with the same time period in 2013, finding a total reduction of 20.6 percent.

Following statewide emergency water regulations implemented on July 29, a statement on the CHWD website said its existing Stage 3 Water Warning complies with the new regulations, and that residents will continue to be asked to cut water use by 20 percent.

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Campers Choose Citrus Heights ‘Tent City’ Over State Fair

Dozens of tents dotted the grass at Rusch Park this weekend, as the Citrus Heights Community Camp Out kicked off with live music, star-gazing, hot dogs and more, at the annual overnight event.

Drawing about 200 sign-ups from residents, camp organizers said they were happy with the turn-out, given competition from opening weekend at the nearby California State Fair.

The annual event is sponsored by the Sunrise Recreation and Park District, in collaboration with the City of Citrus Heights and the volunteer-led Residents’ Empowerment Association of Citrus Heights.

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Community Camp Out to Fill Rusch Park with ‘Tent City’

Called Citrus Heights’ “legitimate tent city,” the annual Community Camp Out plans to take over Rusch Park this weekend with an activity-filled overnight event that promises to be fun for the whole family.

“This is an opportunity for mom and/or dad, grandpa and/or grandma to take the kids camping and never leave the city,” said Tonya Wagner, president of the Residents’ Empowerment Association of Citrus Heights.

Beginning in 2001, the event has continued to bring the community together outdoors, with organizers’ saying last year’s event drew over 200 people to Rusch Park.

Campers can expect swimming, crafts, games, face-painting, balloons and entertainment — along with a dinner barbecue served by city council members. The evening will also feature a bonfire with s’mores, and star-gazing opportunities by the Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society members.

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Residents Celebrate Independence Day Across Citrus Heights

Residents of Citrus Heights exercised their freedom to celebrate the nation’s 238th birthday in a variety of ways, from setting off fireworks in the street outside their homes, to barbequing with family, to reading the Declaration of Independence, to watching the new “America” documentary at the Greenback theater.

Although City Hall was closed in recognition of the day, Citrus Heights Police Officers were on the job, responding to calls of illegal fireworks in conjunction with Metro Fire, according to a post on the Department’s Twitter feed.

Near the heavily trafficked Sylvan Corners, a volunteer group from New Hope Street Ministry took the opportunity to fund raise by selling fireworks at a TNT booth — spending the evening at the Corners until the 10 p.m. deadline the group said the county imposes on fireworks sales.

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