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Citrus Heights News Briefs: local goats, charity, Hot August Bites

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About 100 cars were set up in Rusch Park as part of the 2017 Hot August Bites event. // CH Sentinel

Latest local news briefs include Hot August Bites drawing a crowd to Rusch Park on Saturday, results from a local food drive at Grocery Outlet, and Mayor Jeff Slowey announcing that 140 goats will be coming to city hall.

Hot August Bites draws crowd to Rusch Park with car show, entertainment
The 4th annual Hot August Bites event kicked off on Saturday afternoon at Rusch Park, with attendees enjoying a free swim at the pool, live music from Legal Addiction, food trucks, and a beer garden. Nearly 100 vehicles were also set up on the grass for the Nor Cal Cruisers car show, which drew a steady stream of interest from attendees throughout the three-hour event.

Sunrise Recreation and Park District Manager Marty Buell said about 1,500 people attended throughout the event, which was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this year. Event sponsors included the park district, along with the City of Citrus Heights and several radio stations.

Mayor: goats to graze outside city hall, other areas of Citrus Heights
Mayor Jeff Slowey announced 140 goats have been hired to munch on weeds around city hall for several days, beginning on either Aug. 15 or 16. Slowey made the announcement during Thursday’s council meeting and said parents may be interested in bringing kids out to watch the goats graze — although he cautioned that an electrified fence will be set up around the grazing perimeter.

The goats will be on site for about 2-4 days and will also be clearing an area of poison oak and berry vines near Navion, Misty Creek, and Starflower drives. Slowey said the goats are about two-thirds the cost of having human laborers clear the vegetation and also said goats don’t get poison oak.

Citrus Heights Grocery Outlet raises $8k, donates half to local food bank ministry
The local Grocery Outlet store at Greenback Lane and Auburn Boulevard announced last week that over $8,000 was collected during the month of July for its Independence From Hunger 2017 food drive. The store made the announcement in an Aug. 11 Facebook post, accompanied by a photo of Grocery Outlet staff giving an over-size check for $3,920 to representatives of the Citrus Heights-based Sunrise Christian Food Ministry.

Throughout July, customers were asked to “give $5, get $5,” which earned shoppers a $5 store credit when $5 was donated to the effort. Options for donating included placing items in a collection bin at the store, purchasing pre-made assortment bags, and donating cash at the register. The drive drew some attention from regional media, including a segment on Fox 40.

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