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Citrus Heights to sell off City plants, pottery at Cash & Carry day

Community members are invited to bring cash and a shovel for an opportunity to pick up a piece of local history during the City’s July 18 “Community Cash and Carry” day at the soon-to-be-demolished Citrus Heights city hall.

Items up for grabs will include roses, shrubs, trees, and potted plants; as well as statues, fountains, planters and benches — all of which range in price from $5 for a rose bush, to $30 for fountains over four feet in height, according to the City’s website.

The City says the day was scheduled in an effort to preserve plants, pottery, and other items within the community — many of which trace back to the days when the current city hall campus was originally operated as a plant nursery, prior to the City’s incorporation in 1997…

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The Citrus Town Center, stock photo. Citrus Heights Sentinel. Photo by Luke Otterstad

Town Center to feature ‘Paddington’ in outdoor movie series

The Citrus Town Center plans to show the third film of its summer outdoor movie series on July 11, this time featuring the 2014 “Paddington” film on the center’s huge inflatable projector at the corner of Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard.

Organizers say the PG-rated animated film will begin at dusk, and attendees can enjoy some pre-movie music and entertainment — along with free popcorn and raffle entry for some town center merchant prizes. A framed Polaroid picture with the event and date is also promised as a free gift for those who show up early, according to the town center’s web page.

As seating is on cement, attendees are asked to bring their own chairs rather than blankets, and organizers ask for large coolers, glass containers, and alcohol to stay home…

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Citrus Heights This Week: what’s happening around town (July 6-12)

Events highlights in Citrus Heights this week include the annual Community Camp Out in Rusch Park, a free outdoor movie showing of Paddington, and free train rides and a kids camp at the Citrus Town Center, among other events.

From Monday through Friday this week, city hall will operate out of the Fountain Square Drive Community Center while city offices are moving to a temporary location at 7927 Auburn Blvd. The move will allow for demolition of the old hall buildings in preparation for construction of a new medical office building at the corner of Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive.

Wednesday: A swarm of food trucks will once again descend on Rusch Park from 5 to 9 p.m., as part of a new 2015 Food Truck Mania summer event series at the park. Continuing through August, the wide array of food trucks will be out in the park on the second Wednesday of each month.

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Citrus Heights Community Camp out. photo by Luke Otterstad

Event: Citrus Heights Community Camp Out to fill Rusch Park July 11-12

Called Citrus Heights’ “legitimate tent city,” the annual Community Camp Out plans to again take over Rusch Park with an activity-filled overnight event this July.

“It is one of the best family events that the city sponsors,” said Residents’ Empowerment Association of Citrus Heights President Tonya Wagner, whose organization helps put the event on each year.

If at all like the prior year, campers can again expect swimming, crafts, games, face-painting, balloons and entertainment — along with a dinner barbecue served by city council members. Last year’s event also featured a bonfire with s’mores, and star-gazing opportunities by the Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society members…

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Citrus Heights This Week: what’s happening around town (June 29)

Citrus Heights happenings this week are rather quiet, although concluding the past week with several large events like the City’s annual Red, White & Blue Parade and a Summer Carnival at Sunrise Mall. With little on the immediate schedule, here’s a preview of some upcoming events to look out for in July:

July 11-12 – The annual Citrus Heights Community Camp Out will be held at Rusch Park, featuring overnight camping Saturday night and an on-site breakfast Sunday morning.

July 13-29 – The California Dream professional tennis team will be playing several home games at a stadium set up in the Sunrise Mall parking lot…

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Citrus Heights celebrates with Red, White & Blue Parade

Colorful banners, balloons and marching bands took over Sunrise Boulevard Saturday morning as thousands of residents, City leaders, businesses and others lined the street for Citrus Heights’ 16th annual Red, White and Blue Parade.

Kicking off at 9 a.m. with a high-speed entry by two skydivers dropped from high above Sunrise Mall, the hour-long parade traveled along Sunrise Boulevard between Madison Avenue and Greenback Lane, concluding in the Mall’s parking lot.

“It was just another fantastic, successful event for the City,” said Citrus Heights Councilman Mel Turner, who rode in the parade along with other council members. “Just love seeing the families, seeing the smiles on the faces, the kids — it makes you feel like everything’s right with the world.”

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Antelope Road to get new $550,000 stoplight this summer

Citrus Heights drivers will soon notice a new stop light at the intersection of Antelope Road and Amsterdam Avenue this summer, located near the “pink house” and historic Rusch Home.

Amsterdam Avenue resident Carolyn Martinez says traffic has already increased in the area from construction workers and interested buyers using Amsterdam as a main entrance for the new 46-home AutumnWood development.

“I’m very glad that they’re gonna [construct a new stoplight],” said Martinez, commenting she has a hard time making left turns onto Antelope Road. “It’s necessary because I can’t even get out of my driveway sometimes…”

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2015 Red, White & Blue Parade to feature skydiver, carnival

Citrus Heights will host its 16th annual Red, White & Blue Parade on June 27 this year, planning to kick off the event with a skydiver demo and feature festivities like the Summer Carnival in the Sunrise Mall parking lot afterward.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on June 27 and will travel along Sunrise Boulevard, starting just north of Madison Avenue and ending near Greenback Lane at the Sunrise Mall.

Traditionally held on the fourth Saturday in June each year, the parade dates back around Citrus Heights’ founding and was originally created as a “happy birthday” to the City, according to organizer Michele Saario…

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