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Citrus Heights This Week: what’s happening in town (Nov.15-21)

Updated Nov. 17, 8:25 a.m.–
This week’s local happenings include seven public hearings, a few seasonal events, and a City workshop on improving walkability around Citrus Heights. Here’s what’s on schedule:

MONDAY, Nov. 16–
Holiday Referral Program donation period begins.
From Nov. 16 through Dec. 21, the Citrus Heights Police Department will be accepting unwrapped gift donations to help local families who struggled with a hardship in the past year. Donations can be dropped off at the Department Monday through Friday at 6315 Fountain Square Dr., or Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Individuals can also recommend families to benefit from the program by filling out a referral form through Nov. 20. (See full story)

TUESDAY, Nov. 17–
City Strategic Planning Retreat.
Open to the public, the city council will hold a Strategic Planning Retreat at the Citrus Heights Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held every six months, council members will review and assess strengths, weaknesses, and accomplishments of the City, and identify six-month objectives for achieving three-year goals. (See agenda)

Pedestrian Master Plan Workshop. Another City-hosted workshop will be held at the Citrus Heights Community Center on Nov. 17, designed to give residents an opportunity to provide input on the development of a 30-year master plan to improve sidewalks and walkability in Citrus Heights. The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with a short presentation about the plan scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. A nine-question online survey related to the plan has also been launched. (See flier)

[City Survey Link: Pedestrian improvements in Citrus Heights]

Water district public hearings: The Citrus Heights Water District is scheduled to hold four public hearings Tuesday night, including a hearing on a proposed water rate increase for those served by CHWD. The three other hearings to be held the same night regard CHWD’s proposed 2016 operating and capital improvements budget, capacity charges, and renewal of the District’s temporary water shortage rate structure. The District’s three-member board is expected to make decisions on all items, following the hearings. The hearings will all be held at the Rusch Park Community Center at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. (See agenda packet)

Planning Commission hearings: Verizon tower, Bikeway plan, Auburn Blvd project. 
Planning commissioners are scheduled to hold a public hearing on a “Mitigated Negative Declaration” environmental report for Phase II of the City’s Auburn Boulevard revitalization project, which stretches from Grand Oaks Avenue to the Roseville border. They will also hold hearings on a proposed Verizon cell tower at the Chuck E. Cheese’s shopping area, and the City’s updated Bikeway Master Plan. The hearings will take place at 7 p.m. in the Citrus Heights Community Center. (See agenda packet)

FRIDAY, Nov. 20–
Photos with Santa.
Kicking off on Nov. 20 and continuing through Dec. 24, ‘Ol Saint Nick will be out at Sunrise Mall, with photo opportunities for those willing to pay for a picture package. (Details)

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SATURDAY, Nov. 21–
Craft fair
. The Citrus Heights Lions club will hold it annual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, promising dozens of handcrafted vendors, homemade baked goods, and a visit from Santa Claus. The craft fair will be held at the Citrus Heights Community Center, at 6300 Fountain Square Dr. (Link)

Marching Band performance. The Citrus Heights Community Marching Band will be playing in the neighboring city of Roseville, during their 2015 Holiday Parade. The 54th annual parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and travel along Roseville’s historic Vernon Street. (See band calendar)

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