Church opens doors on Sutter Street

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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Stage Nine Theater has found a unique use for its space when not being used for theatrical productions — a church is setting up shop. Pastor Stu Streeter said Disciples Church will begin holding services at the theater beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 21, at 717 Sutter St. in Historic Folsom. Streeter is a likable guy and has been a pastor for 11 years. “It’s a church for everybody but primarily our target group is 19 to 35, who is least likely to go (to church),” he said. Streeter knows a thing or two about that demographic as he’s only 32 years old himself. He hopes to infuse some youth into religion. Good luck, Stu. FLAG RETIREMENT Ron Hawn, 2nd Vice Commander for the American Legion Post 362, wants to remind everyone that there will be a flag retirement ceremony at noon on Saturday, June 20. “Anyone with unserviceable flags can drop them off at the Veterans Hall at 1300 Forrest St. any day between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. for proper disposal,” he said. When American flags have become faded, tattered and torn, they are to be retired, not tossed in the garbage like yesterday’s fishwrapper. Thanks for the reminder, Ron. PLAYGROUND IN FOLSOM Want to get an update on the first universally accessible playground in Folsom? There will be a special community meeting tonight (Wednesday, June 17) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Folsom Community Center at 52 Natoma St. The playground is designed so that children with disabilities and play alongside their “able-bodied” peers, according to park proponent Jim Pelley. BUSINESS BEAT Welcome Gary Ellison back to town. He had a chiropractic practice on Hazel Avenue in Folsom and called El Dorado Hills home for about 30 years before retiring and moving to Arizona. He also had an office in Cameron Park. His children all live in this area so he’s returning to both the back-cracker business and Folsom. “Retirement? I tried it and didn’t like it,” he said. He tells me his children went to Oak Ridge and Ponderosa high schools and felt a real connection to this region. He’s opening a chiropractic practice at Triad Health Center, 2260 E. Bidwell St., Suite 108, in Folsom. He’s sharing office space with Dr. M. Caso. For more info, give Ellison a call at 984-6555. … Give a warm welcome to a new naturopathic medical doctor. Dr. Michele Raithel is the chief medical officer for Revolutions Natural Medical Solutions 189 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 110. They are celebrating their grand opening from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 26. “I have fallen in love with my new home and I can’t wait to start the revolution in health care that Folsom deserves,” she wrote to me in a recent e-mail. For more info, give them a call at 351-9355. RUN WITH THE BULLS While the Running of the Bulls in Spain is well known, folks in Folsom are hoping to cash in on the Folsom Pro Rodeo Cattle Drive Kick-off by creating the Running of the Bullipedes. At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, Sutter Street will thunder with 60 long-horn bulls. Running in front of those four-legged beasts will be groups of five runners tied together in the first Running of the Bullipedes. I’m assured they will be far ahead of the bulls and safety is a priority. The run is a one-mile trot through the Historic District with runners tethered to each other while wearing rodeo-inspired costumes. To get a team together, pay your $50 and register online at Organizers say you can’t lollygag because space is limited and they are not accepting entries the day of the run. Prizes for best costumes and the first three teams to cross the finish line will be award prizes. Look for the Telegraph’s special guide to the rodeo in next week’s paper. Don Chaddock may be reached at