A Reason for the Season

By Margaret Snider  |  2016-12-02

The Live Nativity, depicting the first Christmas, presents an “opportunity for a meaningful spiritual experience,” said Daniel Harrison, president of the Folsom Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Featuring four half-hour performances each night from Thursday, December 8, through Sunday, December 11, admission is free. --Photography courtesy Ron Aguilar, 2015

Live Nativity Encourages the Spirit of Christmas

The Live Nativity, admission free, returns this year after an enthusiastic response from the public in 2015. Like last year, visitors pass shepherds in the fields, see the Three Kings arriving from afar, and enter Bethlehem, where the marketplace bustles around them complete with census takers and Roman guards. Mary, Joseph, and the Baby enter, all accompanied by music and narration. Six babies will make their acting debut as the newborn Christ during the four-day run from Thursday, December 8, through Sunday, December 11. The show has four presentations per night: 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00, at 2100 California Circle in Rancho Cordova.

“’The baby is real!’ is a common reaction we’ve had,” said Heather McCauley, who is in charge of casting and direction, as well as numerous other logistical matters. “(Visitors) felt like they were going back in time and being a part of the first Christmas.” McCauley, who lives in El Dorado Hills, is a music and drama teacher.

Manned by an all-volunteer cast and crew, one set of 100 actors perform on Thursday and Saturday, and another, different set of 100 on Friday and Sunday. There are also numerous behind-the-scenes workers taking care of costumes, lighting, sound, and such things as parking, check-in, and ushering, for a total of around 300 volunteers per night.

McCauley said that it is amazing to see so many people come forward and give so much of their time to make this event happen. “It is such a special gift that we’re giving to the community, that people love, all different religions, and it’s something that people are looking for at this time of the year.”

Last year the count of visitors attending the presentations reached 7,400, several thousand more than expected. Because of that, this year’s organizers have added a reservation process, more seating, and have made other arrangements for the convenience of the patrons.

The Live Nativity is presented by the Folsom Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Stake president, Daniel Harrison, presides over congregations of the Church in the Folsom/El Dorado Hills area. “The goal is to try to help people feel that they are actually in Bethlehem and that they have a meaningful Christmas experience remembering the birth of Christ, which is the reason why we celebrate,” Harrison said.

This year reservations are recommended, but no one will be turned away. For reservations, directions, photos, and more information about the performance, see www.LiveNativity.org. The presentations are located at 2100 California Circle, off of Folsom Boulevard near Folsom Auto Mall, turning south onto Birkmont Drive, then left on California Circle.

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Come Out and Celebrate Christmas in the Village

Source: Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce  |  2016-12-02

The annual Christmas in the Village event is coming to town on December 3rd, filled with all kinds of events, the annual parade and the return of the Christmas Tree lighting.

This year’s event includes many local Christmas craft vendors, Christmas cookie decorating, a wreath and yule log decorating workshop, Christmas carolers, lots of live musical entertainment, a gingerbread house display and raffle, and free pictures with Santa at Central Valley Community Bank.

There will be a children’s play – Winnie the Pooh – were the entry fee is only 1 canned food item. The kids can enjoy the play and learn about donating to feed other families in need of support for the holidays.

The Christmas parade begins at 4:00 pm, with the parade staging starting at 3:00 pm at El Sereno High School.

The Christmas tree lighting is scheduled to happen shortly after the parade has concluded. Everyone is invited to pick up candles at the main stage so they can light them to surround the tree while the lights get turned on.

For more information and the full schedule go to the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce web site at http://www.fairoakschamber.com/christmas-in-the-village.

Come out for an Old Fashioned Christmas event in the Fair Oaks Village! This is a Rain or Shine event, bundle up the kids and come out to enjoy an afternoon of Holiday activities for the whole family!

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Fair Oaks Water District Introduces New Director

Source: Fair Oaks Water District  |  2016-12-02

New Director Pete Schroeder

Fair Oaks Water District’s new Director Pete Schroeder is due to take office on January 1, 2017.

Established in 1917, the Fair Oaks Water District (FOWD) is governed by five Board Members. The Board Members are publicly elected to four-year staggered terms representing geographical divisions. The FOWD had an opening on the Board of Directors due to the resignation of the Division III Director. Pete Schroeder, an active member of the community of Fair Oaks, was elected to the open Division III Director seat in the recent general election. The term of this appointment will expire in December 2020.

Mr. Schroeder is not a stranger to the District or the community. In 2014 he was the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year” and has served on both the Fair Oaks Rotary Club and Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. In 2015 he founded Fair Oaks Community Action Partnerships, which brings together organizations in an effort of support and cooperation. Mr. Schroeder is currently the president of PGS Business Coaching & Consulting and an active Century 21 Realtor specializing in the community of Fair Oaks. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Master Certification as a Business Coach.

FOWD stands as a committed and involved member of the community. With the appointment of Director Schroeder, the District is currently led by five Board Members, including: Dave Underwood, Misha Sarkovich, Randy Marx, Mike McRae and Pete Schroeder. Director Sarkovich and Director Marx are the longest-tenured FOWD Board Members, having each served nearly twelve years on the Board.

While serving a population of approximately 37,500 people on approximately 6,053 acres, FOWD has essentially not increased rates for the past twelve years, while investing approximately 40 cents of every ratepayer dollar back into capital during the same time period - maintaining approximately 14,000 metered service connections, six groundwater wells, 180 miles of pipeline, a 3 million-gallon water storage tank and an in-house billing system – entering 2017 with zero debt and over 100% of annual revenue in reserve.

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A Grand Welcome

Source: The Courte at Citrus Heights  |  2016-12-02

The local and corporate staff joined together to greet the many visitors to their grand opening event on November 19th in Citrus Heights. 
--Staff photo

The Courte at Citrus Heights enjoyed a festive week of greeting new guests, visitors, local business people and neighbors to their grand opening events.

As the newest memory care community, The Courte is nestled just off Sunrise Blvd. in the heart of Citrus Heights. It is the newest facility built by Frontier Management of Portland, Oregon.

At their official Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting on November 17th the local staff greeted ambassadors from local politician’s offices, City of Citrus Heights council members, many local business people and guests from other assisted living facilities. Everyone was impressed by the design of the floor plans and the quality of the details provided to future residents.

The grand opening was held on Saturday, November 19th. Even with a light but constant rain, there was a very solid turnout of visitors and families interested in taking tours and getting to know the local staff and management. Visitors commented on how much they appreciated so many of the special features. Some commented on that they really liked how much the families of future residents were welcomed and encouraged to spend much more quality time with residents.

Some of the comforts provided at their new location are three delicious meals a day, 24-hour care staff seven days a week, familiar daily routines and a Dementia specific activity program. They also provide an on-site beauty and barber shop. The floor plan of the facility is designed as “barrier-free”, meaning the lay-out offers continuous walkways with indoor and outdoor opportunities with familiar living areas, while also providing quiet spaces.

Angelica Menzie, Executive Director said, “We are excited to be a part of the Citrus Heights Community. The Courte at Citrus Heights Memory Care features our Pathways Program, a Montessori-based philosophy for care creating a specialized, life enriching environment that affords each individual maximum self-expression.”

The grand opening event was catered by Chando’s Tacos. There were also delicious deserts provided. Radio stations 103.9 The Fish and Mix 96 were there to provide entertainment and on-site promotion for attendees.

The Courte provides a full range of living options for those special residents living with memory challenges. Their mission is to provide you and your loved one with impeccable service at every level. Every day their goal is to go above and beyond to enrich the lives of their residents. They offer exceptional care, attentive wellness programs and social activities in a family atmosphere to create a community that supports the needs of those who live at The Courte. Their motto is “Where friends take care of friends.”

Greg Roderick co-founded the Company in October 2000, with the assistance and support of friends. Its formation was due to the need to create a managing entity that would provide management, accounting, marketing, human resources, financial and executive support to various retirement (congregate care), assisted living and memory care/Alzheimer’s care communities throughout the United States. Company History FMLLC was originally created to provide management operations of a discontinued Oregon-based senior living company.

The Company has secured, via acquisition, lease and management agreements, many congregate care, assisted living, and memory care/Alzheimer’s care communities throughout the United States. Greg Roderick is a third-generation senior living or senior housing industry member in an owner/operator position. Mr. Roderick has vast experience in the senior housing field with operators such as Holiday Retirement Corp., Regent Assisted Living, Inc. and Health Resources, Inc.

To learn more about The Courte at Citrus Heights call 916-721-0644 to schedule your own tour. You can also stop by at 6825 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, 95610 (between Greenback and Antelope Rd.). Visit their web site at www.courteatcitrusheights.com.

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Fire in Orangevale Home Displaces Family of Four

Source: Michelle Eidam, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District  |  2016-12-01

Two adults and two children were displaced by the fire. Total damage is estimated at $60,000; no injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.

Just after 8:30 on November 18, Metro Fire crews were dispatched to the 9200 block of Lostwood Lane in Orangevale for a report of visible flames from the roof of a house. First arriving crews reported a working fire and immediately initiated fire attack. Firefighters located the fire, which had started in the chimney and spread to the attic, and extinguished it, while searching for victims, and ventilating the structure.

While first-in crews were putting out the fire, other firefighters focused on protecting the residents’ belongings. Their efforts allowed the fire damage to be limited to the chimney, attic and a wall, while saving all of the family’s possessions. Two adults and two children were displaced by the fire. Total damage is estimated at $60,000; no injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.

As we enter the cold season, make sure your chimney gets inspected and cleaned every year by a professional. When using your fireplace, put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave home, and always put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least 3 feet from your home.

For more information, check out www.metrofire.ca.gov, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Firefighters, Sheriff’s Officers and CHP Rescue 46 Year-old Woman

Source: Michelle Eidam, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District  |  2016-12-01

Just after midnight on November 21, Metro Fire crews were dispatched to a home in Fair Oaks for a report of an overdose.  When firefighters and Sheriff’s officers arrived, the patient was no longer there. They attempted to locate her, but were unable to. After searching nearby streets, the officers pinged her cell phone, which showed it to be on the north side of the American River, near Hazel Avenue. Officers then requested the help of a California Highway Patrol helicopter, who used infrared technology to locate the woman, lying on a ledge above the river, in slippery terrain. As fire crews were en route to the new location, one of the officers climbed down the slope to make sure the woman didn’t fall off the ledge.

The victim, a 46-year-old female, appeared to have rolled nearly 70 feet before stopping on a ledge a few feet above the water line. She had a decreased level of consciousness, not responding to verbal communication. Metro Fire’s Rescue Task Force, with assistance from Folsom Fire, set up for a low angle rescue, using a second ambulance as the anchor. Once the rope system was in place, two rescuers were lowered to the ledge, where they quickly assessed her injuries and placed her in a rescue stretcher, so she could be safely hauled up the slope. The patient was then transported code 3 to a local trauma center.

“This rescue, with all its unique aspects, demonstrates how our public safety agencies work together to benefit the community,” stated Metro Fire Battalion Chief Mark Repetto. “Sheriff’s officers went above and beyond, CHP jumped in to help find the patient, and firefighters from multiple agencies rescued, treated and transported her. Without this collaboration, it’s not likely this woman would have survived through the night.

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It’s All About Community

Source: Dot Boyd, Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce  |  2016-12-01

New Fair Oaks Chamber Members being recognized at a recent luncheon.

What’s happening in Fair Oaks? Well, a lot more than “free range” chickens and roosters crossing the road, that’s for sure! It has been a banner year for our business community through the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce (FOCC), for one thing. The Chamber is proud to announce that it has enrolled over 75 new members this year, business owners and managers who recognize the value of belonging to this dynamic organization. Pictured are 15 new members who attended a recent monthly luncheon.

Did you know that FOCC has developed very strong ties in our community with our local schools, FO Recreation and Parks District, Rotary of Fair Oaks among others? Did you also know that FOCC sponsors and hosts a number of free, family-fun events in Fair Oaks throughout the year including the upcoming, 33rd Annual Christmas in the Village event on Saturday, Dec. 3rd? From noon-7 pm, you can expect a fun-filled day of live music, pictures with Santa Claus, craft vendors, food and the ever-popular parade down Fair Oaks Blvd! This year we will be unveiling a 38-ft. tree which will be lit up right after the parade! It will be spectacular! You don’t want to miss this small-town tradition with a big heart.

Did you know that you still have time to vote for “The Best of Fair Oaks” businesses that you love? Look for the ad in this issue with more details and visit www.BestofFairOaks.com by December 31st or call the Chamber office at 967-2903. Then save the date for Thursday, January 19th when “The Best of Fair Oaks” businesses will be celebrated at an evening reception.

Finally, in this month of “giving thanks,” we thank our wonderful community and community partners for supporting our local businesses this holiday season and throughout the year. We invite you to visit us at www.fairoakschamber.com and to refer to our Member Directory when looking for a particular service or business that supports Fair Oaks. Community events are listed there, too.

Consider joining the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce. We’ve been connecting business with community since 1954.

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Buy Coffee, Give Back to Fair Oaks!

Source: Dot Boyd  |  2016-12-01

Dot Boyd, Javita Distributor, Bella Vista HS Graduate, Fair Oaks Chamber Ambassador holding a box of Javita Coffee.

There’s a new coffee company in town that is giving back to our community every day of the year! Javita Coffee Company offers two gourmet coffee blends, one that supports healthy weight management and another that improves focus and memory while reducing stress and increasing energy levels. Not your average cup ‘o joe, that’s for sure! Javita also offers tea, cocoa and water infusers, all packaged in single servings for your convenience. JavitaCares, the company’s philanthropic division has partnered with the Fair Oaks Chamber and Bella Vista High School to fundraise year-round.

It’s simple. You visit the website, www.javitacares.com/fairoakschamber or www.javitacares.com/bellavistagradnite. Then just make your selections and for every box ordered, $10 is donated by JavitaCares! Either way, you are supporting the community with your daily beverage! Fantastic, right?! Javita makes a great gift, too! Please visit the websites for details or contact Dot Boyd at dot@dotsjavacafe.com. Thank you for all of your support!

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Capitol Pops Ring in the Season at Rusch Park

Source: Capitol Pops Concert Band  |  2016-12-01

Director Kurt Pearsall, CPCB. 
--Photo courtesy Capitol Pops

The Capitol Pops Concert Band nears the end of its 19th season with a free, open to the public holiday concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at the Rusch Park Gym, 7801 Auburn Blvd., in Citrus Heights.

Under the baton of Director Kurt Pearsall, CPCB will once again play traditional holiday favorites, seasonal musical hits and carols. Voice and instrumental soloists also will be featured. This performance is family friendly and a great way to usher in the holiday season. The two-hour concert includes a 20-minute intermission.

Various prizes will be on display for the raffle ticket drawings, and the public will have the opportunity to purchase decorative poinsettia plants after the concert concludes.  Longtime CPCB supporter Eisley Nursery of Auburn has donated a large poinsettia plant as a grand prize in support of the band's student scholarship fund.

Attendees also can participate in a silent auction for a wide variety of baked goods, perfect for a family gathering or a holiday party. A portion of raffle and silent auction proceeds will go to support the general expenses of the band. 

The “Royal Court” of regional pageant winners will return again this year as concert assistants. The concert is sponsored by the City of Citrus Heights and the Sunrise Recreation & Park District.

Started in 1997, the CPCB has performed a diverse portfolio of high-quality, well-prepared music heard by thousands of concert-goers throughout Northern California. Based in Citrus Heights, the self-supporting, nonprofit community band of about 65 musicians represents a wide cross-section of the Sacramento area. For more information on the Capitol Pops, visit www.capitolpops.org  or its Facebook page, or call (916) 725-5214.

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H2oliday Water Saving Ideas

By Sacramento Suburban Water District  |  2016-12-01

Are you having a bunch of houseguests over the holidays or hosting a big party or dinner? Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD) has ideas on how you can have a fun and water-efficient h2oliday season.

  1. Spread the word about using water wisely by posting a little note on the mirror in the guest bathroom reminding your guests to turn off the water when brushing their teeth or shaving, to limit their showers to five minutes or less, and to collect shower water in a bucket as it warms. SSWD has free buckets and shower timers available at their office.
  2. Save water and energy by letting your frozen food thaw in the microwave or overnight in the fridge, instead of running hot water over it.
  3. Wash fruits and vegetables in a small pan instead of rinsing under running water.
  4. After the big meal scrape the plates into the trash instead of using the sink’s garbage disposal. And if you want to really make a difference, compost the vegetable waste and use the compost in your yard.
  5. A full household means extra laundry and dishes. Remember to run your clothes washer or dishwasher only when full.
  6. Water your poinsettias, Christmas tree and potted plants with shower water or water from the drinking glasses.
  7. If you’re using the good china or silverware that requires hand washing, fill one basin with soapy water and the other with rinse water.
  8. And if you’re searching for holiday gifts make sure to look for WaterSense-labeled products.  They are certified to use less water and work as well or better than similar appliances and fixtures.

You can find WaterSense certified washing machines, dishwashers, toilets, showerheads, faucets and sprinkler controllers online or at your local hardware or appliance store and online.  There are even rebates available for WaterSense-labeled weather-based sprinkler controllers from SSWD.

Happy H2olidays from SSWD!

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