Pet-a-Palooza 2016, Citrus Heights

Pet-a-Palooza happening this Saturday at Rusch Park

After a one-year hiatus, the popular animal-themed Pet-a-Palooza event will return to Citrus Heights this weekend.

Pet-a-Palooza will be held at Rusch Park on March 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature main stage performances from former “Glee” actor-turned-musician Chord Overstreet, hip-hop/reggae singer Wizkid and the country/southern rock group Cripple Creek Band.

Main stage exotic animal shows will also be presented by “Wild Things,” according to Karen Rufer, director of special events for Bonneville Sacramento, which is putting on the free event.

Rufer told The Sentinel last month that the 2019 event will also feature all-day pet attractions that have been popular at past events, including Splash Dogs, a “doggy fun zone obstacle course” and K9 demonstrations from the Citrus Heights Police Department. She said a kids play area will…

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This 9-year-old BMX rider from Citrus Heights keeps winning trophies

By Thomas J. Sullivan–
Citrus Heights fourth-grader Annalyse Solano hasn’t lost track of all the races that she’s competed in, but realizes that as a youngster she’s earned a lot of frequent flyer miles travelling to competitions all across the United States in the past few years.

“The first race I entered, I was about four years old,” the 9-year-old told The Sentinel in a recent interview.

Her proud father, Rigoberto, is a Citrus Heights legend in U.S. Bicycle Association motocross (BMX) racing circles. Annalyse has followed in her older brother Rigo Jr.’s pedals and is currently number one in the district, regional and national’s among 9-year-old girls. On Feb. 23, Annalyse secured her spot in the 2019 UCI World Championships at the USA BMX Gator Nationals in Florida.

She’s now qualified to compete in the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships in Heusen-Zolder, Belgium from July 23-27 as part of the United States team — a step towards Olympic qualification…

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Citrus Heights-based concert band to kick off 2019 season this month

By Thomas J. Sullivan–
Longtime Citrus Heights resident and trumpet player Linda Glover serves as band manager of the Capitol Pops Concert Band, a locally based band that traces its local roots back to cityhood.

“We started in February 1997, just one month after the City of Citrus Heights was incorporated,” Glover told The Sentinel in an interview. “Some of us were sent letters asking if we were interested in joining a community band, and after that first rehearsal, we were playing music and eager to get started.”

Glover said the CPCB is a fully instrumental band of volunteer musicians and workers. The Citrus Heights-based, self-supporting, nonprofit community band of about 50 current members represent a wide cross-section of the Sacramento area, ranging in age from high school to the 80s.

Twenty-two years later, the CPCB is proudly bringing Boston Pops-style popular music to the Citrus Heights community for free and steadily building its audience, Glover said. “We’re in it to celebrate the joy of playing music for…

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