SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District is advising residents that smoke from wildfires burning outside the county and high concentrations of ozone pollution are expected to continue through at least Sunday, August 5.

A Spare The Air alert is in effect through Sunday, August 5, due to high forecasted levels of ground-level ozone, also known as smog. Residents are asked to drive less to reduce air pollution when Spare The Air is in effect.

In addition, smoke from multiple wildfires burning in Northern California continues to impact Sacramento County. The worst smoke impacts are expected between noon and 5 p.m. each day.

“The District provides many tools so residents can be aware of smoke exposure. We hope they utilize these tools to protect their health and the health of their families,” said Alberto Ayala, Sac Metro Air District’s Executive Officer.

The public can access and receive real-time air quality readings by:

  • Visiting SpareTheAir.com
  • Downloading the Sacramento Region Air Quality App
  • Signing-up for Air Alert email notifications at SpareTheAir.com

The District works in collaboration with the Sacramento County Department of Public Health and recommends the following precautions:

  • Minimize or eliminate outdoor activities when you can see or smell smoke
  • Children, the elderly and people with respiratory or heart conditions should be particularly careful to avoid exposure when air quality is poor
  • Stay indoors with doors and windows closed as much as possible
  • Asthmatics should follow their asthma management plan
  • Those with heart disease should especially limit their exposure since particulate pollution from smoke can increase the risk of heart attacks
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Citrus Heights, CA Sunrise MarketPlace Business Improvement District in collaboration with 101.5 K-Hits will be hosting a drive thru coin drop for the Carr Fire Victims on Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 8 AM – 11 AM in the Marketplace at Birdcage parking lot near Vitamin Shoppe.

A drive thru drop-off location will be setup in the Marketplace at Birdcage parking lot, in between the Vitamin Shoppe and the Men’s Wearhouse on Sunrise Blvd in Citrus Heights. Motorists can drive up, roll down their window, drop change in the bucket and be on their way. The donation site will also be accepting cash, checks and gift cards; but will not be accepting any clothing or other physical items as these have not been requested at this time.

All donations will go to the Tri-Counties Bank 2018 Carr Fire Fund. The funds will be distributed to people in need through the United Way of Northern California and local non-profit emergency relief agencies directly serving fire victims with immediate needs. According to Tri-Counties web site, these non-profit organizations have been vetted as trusted and well-managed direct emergency service providers. Funds will be allocated to local agencies based on proportionate need and expected impact.

“Last year we co-hosted a donation drive for the Napa fire victims with 101.5 K-Hits, which was overwhelmingly supported by residents and radio listeners.  We look forward to a similar result this year”, said Julie DePrada, Special Events and Projects Coordinator for Sunrise MarketPlace. 

About Sunrise MarketPlace

Sunrise MarketPlace is a collection of more than 400 retailers, restaurants and professional services in one of the region's most heavily travelled commercial corridors in the heart of Citrus Heights, CA.  The Shopping and Business Improvement District is located along Sunrise Boulevard between Arcadia Drive (just north of Greenback Lane) and Madison Avenue, and along Greenback Lane between Birdcage Street and Fair Oaks Boulevard. The District was created in 1999 to advance the commercial vitality of the business corridor.  For more information visit www.ShopSMP.com.

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Northern Sacramento County is an area of concern 

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to closely monitor the spread of West Nile virus as activity remains intense and widespread. Over the past few weeks, the number of mosquito samples and dead birds collected from Citrus Heights and surrounding areas in the northern part of Sacramento County have been steadily increasing and this is now an area of concern. In response to the ongoing West Nile virus activity, field technicians have been working diligently to suppress mosquito populations throughout the area by conducting ground spraying in parks, creeks and other open corridors. The goal of the treatments is to reduce mosquito populations that can pose a threat to residents. The District will continue to monitor all activity through widespread mosquito trapping and testing as well as ground treatments where they are necessary. 

Tips on how to stay safe this summer:

- Use mosquito repellant 

- Wear long sleeves

-  Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outside

- Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers.

For more information visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The City is soliciting bids for a construction project known as 2018 Accessibility & Drainage Improvement Project (Project #20-18-004 ). The bid opening is scheduled for August 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM.

This project is funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, and the work to be performed under this contract is subject to the requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act (HUD).

An electronic copy of the plans and specifications, Bid Documents, Agreement and other Contract

Documents is available below at no cost. Bidders may also obtain the documents at the office of the General Services Department, City Hall, 6360 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, California, with a nonrefundable charge of $50.00 for pick up and $65.00 for mailing.

Each bidder is responsible for registering with the General Services Department for the plan-holder list to ensure prompt receipt of any addenda or other project related information. Each bidder is also responsible for checking the City's website for any updated information at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled bid opening.

The Engineer's Estimate for this project is $730,000.

A MANDATORY pre-bid conference is scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Large Conference Room at Citrus Heights City Hall, 6360 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95621. Please refer to the Notice to Bidders and Instructions to Bidders regarding prompt arrival at this conference.

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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Sunrise MarketPlace Business Improvement District in collaboration with 101.5 K-Hits will be hosting a drive thru coin drop for the Carr Fire Victims on Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 8 AM – 11 AM in the Marketplace at Birdcage parking lot near Vitamin Shoppe.

A drive thru drop-off location will be setup in the Marketplace at Birdcage parking lot, in between the Vitamin Shoppe and the Men’s Wearhouse on Sunrise Blvd in Citrus Heights. Motorists can drive up, roll down their window, drop change in the bucket and be on their way. The donation site will also be accepting cash, checks and gift cards; but will not be accepting any clothing or other physical items as these have not been requested at this time.

All donations will go to the Tri-Counties Bank 2018 Carr Fire Fund. The funds will be distributed to people in need through the United Way of Northern California and local non-profit emergency relief agencies directly serving fire victims with immediate needs. According to Tri-Counties website, these non-profit organizations have been vetted as trusted and well-managed direct emergency service providers. Funds will be allocated to local agencies based on proportionate need and expected impact.

“Last year we co-hosted a donation drive for the Napa fire victims with 101.5 K-Hits, which was overwhelmingly supported by residents and radio listeners.  We look forward to a similar result this year”, said Julie DePrada, Special Events and Projects Coordinator for Sunrise MarketPlace. 

About Sunrise MarketPlace

Sunrise MarketPlace is a collection of more than 400 retailers, restaurants and professional services in one of the region's most heavily traveled commercial corridors in the heart of Citrus Heights, CA.  The Shopping and Business Improvement District is located along Sunrise Boulevard between Arcadia Drive (just north of Greenback Lane) and Madison Avenue, and along Greenback Lane between Birdcage Street and Fair Oaks Boulevard. The District was created in 1999 to advance the commercial vitality of the business corridor.  For more information visit www.ShopSMP.com.

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ZZ Top Rocks California State Fair

Story and photos by Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-07-27

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Photo by Rich Peters

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Rock and Roll legends ZZ Top headlined the California State Fair on Thursday night. Papa Murphy’s Park played host to the Billy Gibbons led power trio whose career has spanned nearly five decades.

Formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas, guitarist and lead vocalist Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard have played thousands of gigs together – and still appear to be having fun while up to their old tricks. For a packed house at the State Fair, they knocked out hit after hit, leaving those in attendance reminiscing.

Local musician Michael Ray took the stage early on with nothing but an upside down Strat and his unique voice. He showcased a few originals while also paying homage to the likes of Jimi Hendrix with his rendition of The Wind Cries Mary.

George Thorogood and his band, The Destroyers, then took the stage with usual confidence and theatrics, running through his list of top tracks and setting the mood as the scorching sun set for ZZ Top.

It was a full night of true bluesman at the Fair.

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A Squawking Good Time

Story and photos by Andrew Rose  |  2018-07-26

Tim and Rebecca Metz with their kids Evie and Ethan.

Parrot Planet Moves to Citrus Heights

Story and photos by Andrew Rose

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - If you tell Dana Strome that her business is for the birds, she won’t be offended.  On the contrary, she will say you’re right on mark.  Strome is the owner of Parrot Planet, which recently relocated to Citrus Heights.  Strome, along with General Manager Sara Walter, cater to their feathered friends and owners.   They welcome all to their new location on 5910 Auburn Lane.

Strome is a healer by nature.  The Sacramento resident shuttles between her job as an urgent care physician’s assistant in Manteca and her shop, which focuses on all things parrot.  Strome’s passion for this particular type of bird started when her husband brought her a conure parrot, and from there she claims, “I lost my mind.  I became a birdaholic.”  Strome’s conure was her constant companion, even accompanying her to her medical training courses.

Strome was a San Francisco resident at the time and admits developing the reputation as “the crazy bird lady of Folsom Street.”  But unlike the Birdman of Alcatraz, who kept his aviary companions in his cell, Strome took her birds out to the people.  Bird lovers subsequently flocked to Strome, and five years ago she opened her store in East Sacramento. 

Parrot Planet had a good location and built a solid following.  However, the gentrification in the downtown area became a problem.  “Noise harmed the birds,” explained Strome.  Her new location, off of Greenback Lane, is a peaceful place for her parrots.  Many of Strome’s devoted customers, admitted bird fanatics, turned out for her grand re-opening on July 21. 

Dropping by is a typical practice for customers.  Rather than mere patrons, devotees of Parrot Planet are more like an extended family.  These are Parrotheads in the literal sense, not Jimmy Buffett fans.  While the store is their go-to place for food and accessories for their parrots, her regular crowd will drop by and soak up the positive energy that flows between birds and human beings.  During their visits, bird lovers are encouraged to bring their own parrots, and enjoy interactions with these highly sociable creatures.  “When you become a bird person, you become part of a clandestine society,” Strome proclaims. 

Strome is pleased with her steady business and excitedly looks toward the future.  She plans to hold more classes on bird care.  “Education is paramount to being a successful bird owner,” Strome explains.  Strome reminds her customers that her bird business is indeed a full-service one.  Parrot owners can bring their precious aviary friends in for grooming, boarding, one-on-one training, and even behavior management.  Strome also adds, “We would definitely like to open another location.”     

Dana Strome and Sara Walter graciously extend an invitation to everyone to visit their store.  There is indeed something for all to experience when they visit Parrot Planet, from the experienced bird aficionado to the curious browser. 

Parrot Planet is located on 5910 Auburn Boulevard in Citrus Heights.  The store is open Tuesday-Friday 11-6, Saturday-Sunday 11-5, and closed on Monday.  For more information, call 916-594-9290 or email General Manager Sara Walter: sara@parrotplanet.com            

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