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The weather forecast says we'll reach 100 this week, which means July 4 will be here soon.  It's the biggest day on the community's calendar, and here's your guide to what's happening.

Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast
When: 7 to 9 a.m.
Where: North Gazebo
What: The Kiwanis Club serves up all you can eat pancakes with scrambled eggs, sausage and orange juice. Purchase tickets in advance at the Rancho Murieta Business Center, Plaza Foods or MarShaTes in the Plaza. Tickets are $6 for adults and ages 12 and up, $3 for ages 5-11, and free for ages four and under.

28th Annual Fun Run
When: 7:30 a.m. for adults, 8:15 a.m. for children
Where: North Gazebo
What: The 5K run for adults is an uphill/downhill tour of Murieta North and the children's run is a foot race on the grassy area across from the Gazebo. The free event is sponsored by Murieta Health Club and owner Erin Howard. John McNamee, who began this holiday tradition, is the contact person: 354-2258.

Parade down Murieta Parkway
When: Line-up time is 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m.
Where: The parade assembles on Murieta Parkway at De La Cruz Drive and heads down the parkway towards the North Gate.
What: This do-it-yourself extravaganza features decorated golf carts, bicycles, classic cars and kids parading down the parkway led by a fire truck. It's sponsored by the Rancho Murieta Association. Contact person: Danise Hetland, RMA, 354-3500.

Carnival at Lake Clementia
When: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Lake Clementia
What: Games, bounce house and slip n' slide fun with the purchase of a $5 wristband and free hot dog lunches for the kids provided by the Optimist Club. Hamburger lunches are $5, root beer floats are $1 and the Boy Scouts sell snow cones for $1. The watermelon eating contest is free. The carnival is sponsored by the Optimist Club. Carnival co-chairs: April Mattice, 354-8520; Melinda Martel, 354-0566.

Music and Dancing
When: 7 p.m.
Where: North Gazebo
What: This pre-fireworks party is sponsored by the Optimist Club.

Fireworks display
When: at dark, around 9:30 p.m.
Where: Laguna Joaquin, the front lake on the North
What: The annual fireworks display is sponsored by the Rancho Murieta Association. Contact person: Danise Hetland, RMA, 354-3500

July 4 guest passes
Guest passes are now available at the Rancho Murieta Association Building Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The passes get holiday guests through the North Gate quickly and avoid traffic back-ups and delays. Please pick the passes up early and mail or hand-deliver them to your guests in advance of the holiday. Five free passes are available per lot, and additional passes cost $5 each. All guests must have a pass or be on a resident's guest list, and it will save time and trouble for guests on your guest list if they are provided with holiday passes.

The RMA reminds residents that the day's events are open to Rancho Murieta Association members and their guests only. Guests must be accompanied by the member who invited them.

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