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Citrus Heights News Briefs: Tip-a-Cop, Chamber endorsements, tiny theatre

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Citrus Heights Police Commander Jason Russo, middle, and Lt. Kris Frey pose for a photo while helping serve tables at Applebee’s during a Tip-a-Cop fundraiser on Wednesday. // Image credit: CHPD

Latest local news briefs include Citrus Heights police officers helping serve tables at Applebee’s for a Special Olympics fundraiser, endorsements made in local races by the Citrus Heights Chamber, and a tiny theatre on Auburn Boulevard being featured in Sacramento Magazine.

Tip-a-Cop: CHPD helps raise over $1600 for Special Olympics
A fundraiser at Applebee’s Bar & Grill in Citrus Heights on Wednesday raised a total of $1,617 in tips that went to the Special Olympics. The event involved uniformed officers and police staff pairing up with Special Olympics athletes to help serve tables at the restaurant from 5-9 p.m., with all tips received going to support Special Olympics Northern California.

Applebee’s Manager Susan Frank told The Sentinel the fundraiser was successful and said future fundraisers would likely be planned at the restaurant as well. Citrus Heights Police Lt. Kris Frey said police have been involved in similar fundraisers in the past and plan to help out with another Tip-a-Cop event at the Citrus Heights Red Robin, which will likely take place sometime next month.

Citrus Heights Chamber PAC endorses in school board, city council races
The Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee has endorsed three incumbents in the local city council race and two newcomers in the race for San Juan Unified School District school board. Chamber PAC member Ray Riehle confirmed the endorsements in an email to The Sentinel on Saturday. City Council candidates that were endorsed include Steve Miller, the City’s current mayor; Jeannie Bruins, the City’s current vice mayor; and Councilman Al Fox, who was appointed last year to fill a vacancy left by the late-Councilman Mel Turner.

The Chamber PAC’s endorsements in the race for school board went to Zima Creason and Myel Jenkins, who both have children currently in the District. Creason serves as president and CEO of Mental Health America of California, while Jenkins serves in management with the California School Boards Association. Both women have also been endorsed by the Sacramento County Young Democrats and the California School Employees Association, San Juan Chapter 127.

Tiny theatre in Citrus Heights featured in Sacramento Magazine
Theatre in the Heights, which opened two years ago on Auburn Boulevard, was featured in an article in Sacramento Magazine on Sept. 16. The article, titled “Reaching new heights,” features a short interview with founders Vanessa Voetsch and Blake Flores, who talk about the theatre’s vision and future. “It’s a growing experience,” Voetsch told the Magazine. “We’re branching out a little at a time but making sure the quality is there.” (See story)

The theatre is currently focuses on theatrical comedy, with its current production “Done to Death,” which started Sept. 21 and runs on weekends through Oct. 14. Showtimes and additional information can be found online at

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