Citrus Heights PD swears in 17 new officers at awards ceremony

The Citrus Heights Police Department handed out awards, made promotions, and welcomed more than a dozen new officers to its team last week, during an annual Swearing-In and Awards Ceremony at the Community Center.

“Our men and women work extremely hard, day in and day out, 24/7, to ensure our community is safe,” said Sergeant Michael Wells in a news release, commenting that the ceremony is “just one way” to show the Department’s appreciation for their work…

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Events: contests, concerts & camping coming to Rusch Park

Want to know which Citrus Heights community events are scheduled for 2015? From food, fun and music; to camping, pet contests and scooter competitions, Rusch Park likely has an event you’ll be interested in this year.

Summer Food Truck Mania – New for 2015, food trucks will be out at Rusch Park on the second Wednesday of each month, beginning April 8 and continuing through August 9. Trucks will be out from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Capitol Pops Spring Concert 2015 – April 18, in the Rusch Park Auditorium from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Pet-a-Palooza 2015 – Dogs of all kinds and sizes will once again fill Rusch Park this April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m…

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Tree, Japanese Maple. Photo by Luke Otterstad

City seeks to set ‘greening’ goals, develop ‘urban forest’ plan

It’s called the Citrus Heights Urban Greening Strategy (CHUGS), and it’s a project to incorporate “urban greening” principles into City regulations and operations. The strategy includes development of a 25-year Urban Forest Master Plan to guide the management of public trees and foster a sustainable tree canopy across the city — and community input is being sought.

“The City of Citrus Heights recognizes the value of urban trees and landscaping for a healthy and aesthetically pleasing community,” reads a flier for a Tuesday-night community workshop. “We’d like to hear your thoughts and ideas as we begin developing the goals and objectives for CHUGS.”

Tracing its roots back to 2012, when California’s Strategic Growth Council awarded the City a $207,000 grant for development of a urban greening strategy, City staff began by creating a detailed inventory of all publicly owned trees in Citrus Heights.

The urban forest inventory documented a total of 27,994 public trees…

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Little Free Library in Citrus Heights. Photo by Luke Otterstad

20 ‘Little Free Libraries’ coming to Citrus Heights

Nearly two dozen birdhouse-sized neighborhood lending libraries will be popping up around Citrus Heights in April, thanks to a community vision to promote reading and the collaborative efforts of the Citrus Heights Rotary Club, the City’s History and Arts Commission, business sponsors, and a team of construction management students from San Juan High School.

Known as “Little Free Libraries,” the small, free-standing neighborhood book exchanges are designed “to promote a sense of community, reading for children, literacy for adults and libraries around the world,” according to the Little Free Library organization’s website.

With no late fines or requirements for library cards, each mini-library promises its readers with the free gift knowledge, under the founding principle of “take a book, leave a book.”

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Citrus Heights Marching Band Spaghetti Fundraiser

Sold-out weekend fundraiser benefits Citrus Heights marching band

With horns blasting and drums beating, Citrus Heights Community Marching Band members treated a sold-out audience to an evening of music, food and raffle prizes for their 6th annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser in the Community Center, Saturday.

The event kicked off around 5 p.m. with a team of more than 50 volunteers serving the packed room with platefuls of spaghetti, while the Golden State Accordion Club played some tunes for the crowd in the background.

Mid-way through the evening, marching band members filed in and began playing “America the Beautiful” for the crowds, with the City’s police chief, council members and Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan all in attendance.

“You’ve become the heart and soul of Citrus Heights,” Mayor Sue Frost told assembled band members…

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Citrus Heights Community Marching Band

Citrus Heights Marching Band to host dinner event March 21

Offering a night of spaghetti, music and raffle drawings, the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band will be hosting its annual Spaghetti Dinner on March 21 at the Community Center.

Entertainment is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. with a performance from the Golden State Accordion Club, followed by the marching band and raffle drawings at 6:30 p.m., according to an event flier.

Access to the three-hour evening and spaghetti meal is available for a ticket price of $7 for children and $10 for adults, with early ordering recommended, as the event is “always a sell-out.”

The all-volunteer marching band is known for its performances at community events around the region, annually playing at the Citrus Heights Tree Lighting ceremony and organizing a flash-mob at Wal-Mart each December…

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