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Painting, wine, history to be featured at Rusch House event

Diedre Trudeau, Rusch Home, Citrus Heights
A painting of the Rusch Home, by Deidre Trudeau.

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The Citrus Heights Historical Society will host an afternoon “Art in the Park” fundraising event at the Rusch Home this Saturday, featuring a painting class by an area artist, wine by the glass, and the first-time release of a new book on local history.

Larry Fritz, the historical society’s president, told The Sentinel the main activity will be a “paint ‘n sip” class led by Roseville artist Deidre Trudeau, where participants will receive materials and instruction to paint the historic Rusch Home. The class is $45 for one person, or $80 for two, with wine included in the cost of the class.

As of Wednesday, Fritz said there are still openings in the painting class, with registration available online through Eventbrite. Proceeds from the class will go towards renovation of the century-old Rusch Home.

Community members are also invited to drop by to tour the Rusch Home or bring an easel or sketch book for some creative painting on their own, even if not participating in the painting class. Wine will be available for $5 per glass at a wine bar, along with light refreshments.

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According to an event flier, historical society members will also be on hand to answer questions and offer “tantalizing” facts about the Rusch Home and Citrus Heights.

A new book, “Citrus Heights: the first 20 years,” will also be on display during the event. Fritz said the book has been two years in the making and features photographs of Citrus Heights from 1997 to 2017, taken by Citrus Heights residents. Orders will be taken for anyone wishing to purchase a copy.

The local historical society was first formed in 1991 to preserve and promote the history of Citrus Heights, but after being dormant for several years it is now becoming more active. The organization was previously headed up by Jim Van Maren, who passed away in 2012.

The society began to take a more active role after the City Council voted to dissolve the Citrus Heights History & Arts Commission last October and replace it with a competitive grant program to help fund historic and arts-related projects in the city.

If you plan to go:

Art in the Park
Date: Oct. 20, 2018
Time: 1-5 p.m.
Place: Rusch Home
7301 Antelope Road.
Citrus Heights, CA

See event flier: click here

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