Rush Limbaugh won't be there, but Rio Lindans are happy to note that their community was on the map long before the talk show host began slinging barbs at them.
Rio Linda will celebrate its centennial this weekend with festivities marking the sale 100 years ago of the first parcel of land in the area.
The community was founded by settlers, mainly from Minnesota, attracted by the promise of cheap land for farms and ranches. A century later, residents boast of a community that retains a semirural, small-town character amid surrounding cities and suburbs.
Activities are scheduled Friday through Sunday, with major celebrations Saturday. More than 300 people are expected to participate in a parade beginning at 9 a.m. at Rio Linda Boulevard and M Street.
Festivities will follow in Depot Park at Eighth Street and Oak Lane, where more than 75 vendors will be on hand throughout the day.
Events will include rededication of the arch, a community landmark that has been refurbished for the centennial.
The arch, which spans the intersection of Rio Linda Boulevard and M Street, was a gift from the city of Marysville in 1926.
Centennial facilitator and Rio Linda resident Mike Grandinetti said a new bus shelter and bus benches have been installed along M Street.
Visitors also are encouraged to take in scenes of the community's history via a mural on the Nu-Way Market building.
Saturday evening will feature a "candlelight" ceremony with glow sticks and a light show on the water tower.
"The standing joke is, 'The last person to leave Rio Linda, turn out the lights,' " Grandinetti said. "Well, we want people to know the lights are on."
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