CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The Capitol Pops Concert Band continues its 22nd season with a free, open to the public holiday concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at the Rusch Park Gym, 7801 Auburn Blvd., in Citrus Heights.

Under the baton of Director Judith Steinle, CPCB will once again play traditional holiday favorites, seasonal musical hits and carols.

This performance, sponsored by the Sunrise Recreation and Park District and the City of Citrus Heights, is family friendly and a great way to usher in the holiday season. The two-hour concert includes a 20-minute intermission.

Various prizes will be on display for the raffle ticket drawings. In addition, there will be a silent auction on special, one-of-a kind items. The public also will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of colorful poinsettias after the concert concludes.  Longtime CPCB supporter Eisley Nursery of Auburn has donated a large poinsettia plant as a grand prize in support of the band's student scholarship fund.

Started in 1997, the CPCB has performed a diverse portfolio of high-quality, well-prepared music heard by thousands of concert-goers throughout Northern California.  Based in Citrus Heights, the self-supporting, nonprofit community band of about 50 musicians represents a wide cross-section of the Sacramento area. For more information on the Capitol Pops, visit www.capitolpops.org or its Facebook page. For more information, call (916) 725-5214.

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On November 17, 2018, at approximately 5:20 P.M., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) received reports of a traffic collision on Winding Way at Rampart Drive. CHP and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and discovered a bicyclist had been struck and killed by a motor vehicle. Preliminary investigation revealed a 50 year old man from Carmichael was driving his red Lexus RX 400 eastbound on Winding Way and had entered the intersection at Rampart Drive. At the same time, a 75 year old man from Sacramento had been riding his bicycle southbound on Winding Way from a shopping center when he entered the intersection directly in front of the Lexus. Subsequently, a collision occurred and the impact caused the bicyclist to be ejected from his bicycle onto the roadway surface.

The bicyclist was not utilizing a light while riding during hours of darkness and he was not wearing a helmet. The sobriety of the driver of the Lexus was evaluated and it was determined that drugs and or alcohol were not a factor in this collision.

The cause of this collision is under investigation. Any persons who can provide additional information regarding this collision are requested to contact the North Sacramento Area CHP office.

Any additional information about this news release should be directed to Officer Mike Zerfas who will be available at the CHP North Sacramento Area business phone number: (916) 348-2337, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Annual Wildlife Photo Contest Takes Flight

By Rick Reed  |  2018-11-18

 2015 Fall Photo Contest Winner from Sac County. Photo courtesy Rick Reed.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - One picture. That’s all it takes to be a winner. Take your mobile or camera outside and give us your best shot of a bird or birds in your backyard, local park or other wild location! It’s easy.

Submit your picture on the Wildlife Care Association Facebook page as a message with photo attachment. Contest is open through December 31, 2018. Entries can be made in two categories- Under 12 years old you can enter FREE! Those over 12 are asked to include a minimum $5.00 donation to WCA on the Facebook donate link for each entry. (Under 18 years old? Ask your parents to help!)

Each photo may be entered once, but individuals may submit more than one. Enter often and donate to help the WCA heroes of nature save thousands of injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife every year. The non-profit wildlife rehabilitation volunteers depend on the community for their support giving wildlife a second chance to live.

The WCA Photo Contest winner will be awarded a special prize including a guided tour of the Dome at McClellan Park, their photo featured in the newsletter, posted at the rescue facility and on Facebook/Instagram as a hero of nature!

Submissions should include your email, the location photo was taken, and your best guess what type of bird this might be.  Enter @wildlifecareassociation on Facebook.

One picture will be chosen from submissions to determine a winner. WCA staff reserves the right to select a winner from content and other factors including artistic merit. All photos submitted become the property of WCA for its use in outreach, education and fundraising.

Snap some shots, submit them and let’s see if they fly! For more information call 916-965-WILD

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Deputy French Added to Wall of Honor

Story and pictures by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-11-18

Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPH) - Dozens of uniformed Sacramento Sheriff’s officers last weekend joined families who sacrificed loved ones in service to community or nation.

The gathering saluted Deputy Robert French, who was inducted to the Wall of Honor at Patriots Park. The ceremony added French’s plaque to those of 13 previous honorees. Erected by Carmichael Park District, the monument salutes heroes who fell since the District was established in 1945.

A Los Angeles native, French perished during a criminal incident in August 2017. The 52-year-old father of three fell while protecting fellow officers during a gun fight at the Ramada Inn, Auburn Boulevard. A 21-year Sheriff’s Department veteran, he had worked with Problem Oriented Police in the North Area Division. Speaking at Patriots Park, his daughter Kaylen French praised the dad who raised her and siblings in Arden Arcade. “It’s heartbreaking, but I am very proud and honored to celebrate his life today,” she said.

 “We recognize the passage of time does not shield you from the emptiness you feel,” County Supervisor Susan Peters told families of the men whose names are recalled by 14 plaques. “We nevertheless hope Patriots Park is a source of comfort and pride in remembering your loved ones. Whatever uniform they wore, we will be forever grateful for their dedication. The community will never forget their sacrifice.”

Congressman Ami Bera, Sheriff Scott Jones, Carmichael Park District directors were among other dignitaries at Saturday’s memorial.

Patriots Park monument honors the following heroes:

Deputy Robert French, Deputy Danny P. Oliver, CHP Officer Ronald E. Davis, Army Specialist James E. Schlottman, Army Leiutenant Robert S. Byrnes, Airforce Captain Olin E. Gilbert Jnr, Army Sergeant Larry H. Morford, Firefighter Dean W. Rhoades, US Navy pilot Lieutenant  J. G. David A Warne, Marine and firefighter Sergeant Brian E. Dunlap, Deputies Kevin P. Blount and Joseph M. Kievernagel, Army Sergeant Ronald L. Coffelt, Army Specialist Raymond N. Spencer Jnr.

Anyone may visit the Wall of Honor. Patriots Park is located at 6825 Palm Avenue, Fair Oaks.

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ARC Presents "In Love and Warcraft"

ARC Love and Warcraft  |  2018-11-18

Romantic and Rowdy Opens Soon at ARC

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - “In Love and Warcraft,” a romantic comedy with a modern twist that will ring true to anyone with a smart phone, a computer, or a social media account, opens November 23 for a three-week run at American River College.  Set on a college campus reminiscent of ARC and CSUS, this play by Madhury Shekar also takes brief forays to into the video game World of Warcraft with truly unexpected results.  The production takes place at ARC’s intimate Stage Two Theatre and is Rated R for adult language and content.

Directed by Pamela Downs, “In Love and Warcraft” follows the exploits of Evie Malone (Kloe Walker), a smart, socially awkward gamer girl and English major who commands a top-ranked guild in Warcraft with her online boyfriend Ryan (Adam Garn). Despite being a confirmed virgin, Evie has discovered she has a knack for writing love letters (and texts and Facebook posts) for her less articulate peers, and the skill has become quite a money-maker.  When she meets the handsome and sensitive Raul (Naum Josan), however, she finds herself in a non-virtual relationship of her own and no amount of gaming expertise will help her! Critics, both online and in print, agree that Shekar’s lively perspective with this play is a breath of fresh air.

All performances of “In Love and Warcraft” will be at the American River College’s Stage Two Theatre, 4700 College Oak Drive, Sacramento. Parking is $2 at the recommended Lot D (corner of College Oak and Myrtle).  SEATING IS LIMITED.  Ticket prices are $15/general, and $12/student/seniors/sarta. For tickets and information, go to ARCtheatre.org or call the ARC Box Office at (916) 484-8234. 

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A Big Heart for All

By Elise Spleiss  |  2018-11-18

Kathilynn Carpenter, recipient of Stone’s third annual “21” Award with members of her family on her left, and Stone’s Kermit Schayltz, General Manager Art Van Loon, and District Representative for Senator Jim Nielsen, Landon Wolf on her right.

Citrus Heights Ambassador Receives Stone’s Third “21” Award

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - “Sunrise MarketPlace is the heart of the City and you are the heart of Sunrise Market Place.” These words said to Kathilynn Carpenter by Landon Wolf of Senator Jim Nielsen’s office summed up the consensus of those gathered at Stone’s Gambling Hall on November 7, 2018 to honor Carpenter, recipient of Stone’s third annual “21” Award.

                Family, friends and members of the Citrus Heights community gathered at Stone’s Gambling Hall to recognize Carpenter for more than 20 years of commitment and service to Citrus Heights.

                Stone’s Kermit Schayltz greeted attendees and asked City Manager Chris Boyd, recipient of Stone’s 2017 “21” Award, to read their resolution honoring Carpenter. Wolf also presented her with certificates of recognition from the offices of Senator Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman Ken Cooley.              

                Members of the Citrus Heights City Council, Police Chief Ron Lawrence, and City Manager Chris Boyd were introduced by Schayltz.

                Carpenter has served as executive director of the Sunrise MarketPlace Business Improvement District (BID) since its inception in 1999.

                Comprised of 11 shopping centers, with 450 businesses in the heart of Citrus Heights, the many retailers, restaurants and professional businesses span a 10-block area along Sunrise Boulevard between Arcadia Drive and Madison Avenue, and along Greenback Lane between Birdcage Street and Fair Oaks Boulevard.

                In 2015, in response to the growing presence of homeless along this business corridor, Carpenter worked with business owners and others to help form the Citrus Heights Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART).       

                Under her leadership as Chair of the HART board since 2016, a team was built to address the long-term needs of all homeless in Citrus Heights, including programs and events for homeless veterans and to assist the 3,400 identified homeless students in the San Juan Unified School District. Lives are being changed daily as a result of these programs.

                Following the presentations Carpenter shared that when she arrived here in 1997 from Las Vegas her goal was to be more involved in her community. She thanked the many who have formed the team to help her reach her goal including her MarketPlace staff, the City of Citrus Heights, Chamber of Commerce, police department, Rotary Club and other nonprofits, the local faith community, businesses and other property owners.  She noted, “we are a team with the same goals”.

                Stone’s first recipient of the “21” award was Mel Turner who was serving his second term on the Citrus Heights city council when he passed away on  April 20, 2017. Turner served as mayor in 2014.

                Stone’s Gambling Hall “21” Award is presented to a member of the community who has shown exemplary commitment and dedication to the advancement of the City of Citrus Heights, a history of leadership, and demonstrated a passion for making a different.” Carpenter epitomizes these requirements in her work with and for the City of Citrus Heights.

For information visit www.shopsmp.com, www.facebook.com/sunrise marketplace. For information on HART go to www.citrusheightshart.org.

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Also Hears Update on the EchoWater Project

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The Citrus Heights City Council meeting on November 8 featured presentations about upcoming holiday festivities in the city. The annual Tree Lighting event will be held at City Hall Outdoor Plaza (6360 Fountain Square Drive) on Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 PM. The event will feature music by the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band and a cappella quartet Encore. Guests will enjoy photos with Santa, hot cocoa and cookies, train rides, and taking photos inside the human snow globe.

Sunrise MarketPlace is hosting four free pop-up Magical Moments events throughout the holiday season.  A Laser Light Show with music presented by 98 Rock Radio will be held in LOWE’S parking lot on Thursday, November 29 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. On Saturday, December 1, Birdcage Center will be transformed for Victorian Holiday from noon to 3:00 PM; the event will feature Santa Claus, sleigh rides, and music by KYMX Radio.  The Winterfest Carnival on Saturday, December 15 will have games, a magic show, and many activities for the kids from noon to 3:00 PM at Sunrise Village on Sunrise Blvd. The final event of the season will be the Nutcracker Interlude Ballet, with two performances by the Sac Civic Ballet at 5:15 PM and 6:10 PM on Thursday, December 20 at Macys Court at Sunrise Mall.

A member of the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce spoke about some of the Chamber’s accomplishments during 2018. They gained 24 new members this year, and they have an 85% member retention rate, well above the national average of approximately 75%.

The Council heard an update about the EchoWater Project, which involves major upgrades of the existing Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Elk Grove. The WWTP serves more than 1.4 million people in the cities of Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Folsom, Elk Grove, Sacramento, and West Sacramento. Renovations to the facility will improve the quality of water discharged into the Sacramento River and will allow the WWTP to meet the new treatment standards required by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and State Water Resources Control Board.

The project, which is the biggest public works project in Sacramento’s history with a total budget of $1.7 billion, is being implemented by the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District. Construction is expected to be completed between 2021 and 2023. So far, nine phases of the project have been completed and nine are currently under construction, with two on track to be completed by the end of the year. Each phase of the project requires extensive planning. To mitigate for potential equipment failures or illness of essential crew members, the detailed project plans include ensuring backup equipment is available on site and that additional crew members are available on call during critical phases of construction. The project is currently on track to meet all the completion deadlines.

The following milestones will be met this winter: decommission the obsolete chemical handling system; begin Nitrifying Sidestream Treatment seeding and lime system commissioning; complete the Bradshaw Equalization Structure Pipeline; complete work to winterize Channel Air Blower Project site; complete Flow Equalization Project washdown system installation; complete Tertiary Treatment Facility mass excavation and site winterization, and then begin the concrete placement; and complete water-tightness testing in Biological Nutrient Removal basins 1 and 2.

Finally, the Council voted on modifications to the city’s compensation policy guidelines. The modifications included an update to labor market guidelines, the removal of references to employer paid member contributions, the removal of references to pay-for-performance, an update to the severance provision for the Chief of Police, and an update to the established amounts for health insurance that removes references to unused health benefits and clarifies benefits for part-time employees. The modifications were unanimously approved by the Council.

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