After the rain...

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The weekend's rain ended Sunday, leaving puddles on the trail around Lake Calero and more than a little autumn in the air. Read more » about After the rain...

Up, up and away

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Plane ride

Kylee Howard, 8, took to the skies over Rancho Murieta with pilot Frank Storm at Sunday's Young Eagles event at RM Airport. Blue skies and perfect flying weather brought out a record-breaking 42 children for the free airplane and helicopter rides offered by the Rancho Murieta Aviators and other volunteer Experimental Aircraft Association aviators. The aircraft association established the Young Eagles program in 1992 to provide young people from 8 to 17 years of age with an introduction to flying, and the aviators' club hosts the events several times a year. In addition to their Young Eagle membership certificate, children received a pen in the shape of an airplane as a memento of their adventure. "It's good for the kids and the community," said pilot Wally Boeck, who coordinates the events for the club. Read more » about Up, up and away

Village Craft Faire and Bake Sale

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Murieta Village's annual Craft Faire and Bake Sale took place Saturday, and about a dozen vendors turned the Village Clubhouse into a festive display of handmade jewelry, paintings of local scenes, knit scarves, Christmas decorations, baked goods and harvest treats like pomegranate jelly and shelled walnuts. Read more » about Village Craft Faire and Bake Sale

Photos: Harvest Festival fun

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The annual Cosumnes River Elementary School Harvest Festival Sunday afternoon had all the old-time favorites like a cake walk, pie-eating contest and carnival games, plus something new. This year, for the first time, parents had an alternative to parking on the shoulder of the busy highway and hiking in with costumed kids in tow. Instead, families could hop on a school bus shuttle paid for by the Optimist Club. "The bus is just the best thing," said Kellie Reyes, a parent volunteer who saw passengers disembark as she collected admission fees at the door of the school. Read more » about Photos: Harvest Festival fun

Little princesses

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Dozens of Daisies and Brownies got to be princesses for a night at an event staged Friday evening by Girl Scout Troop 1248.  See a slideshow of the evening here. Read more » about Little princesses

Pumpkin-picking time

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Paul Davis and daughter Tori, 8, selected pumpkins at the pumpkin patch Boy Scout Troop 633 set up across from the Plaza Saturday (6-year-old Emma was along too), and Julian Antunez, 15, helped them carry the colorful produce to their car. Below, Russell and Gloria Lawrence shopped Murieta-style, loading up the cart with the choices of grandsons Logan and Hunter. The scouts' annual fundraiser continues Sunday and next Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. New this year -- customers receive a collection of pumpkin recipes by local cooks.

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A rainy school morning

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Bus stop

The bus shelter on Murieta South Parkway is a welcome sight on a wet Wednesday morning. The Kiwanis Club and South developer Reynen & Bardis are now moving forward with plans for a second shelter, to be located at the entrance to Riverview Park. The Kiwanis Club solicited $44,000 from the developer and contributed $4,000 to construct both. The first shelter, which cost $26,000, was completed in April with the assistance of the Rancho Murieta Association. Read more » about A rainy school morning

Country Club open house draws a crowd

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The Country Club open house attracted hundreds Sunday afternoon, offering food, wine, music, song, and an introduction to the club and to community groups like the Women's Club and Entertainment, Theatre and Culture for Rancho Murieta. The club's hospitality and promotions like Join with a Friend are succeeding in generating new memberships, club officials said.
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Photos: Playing tummy drums with Music Mike

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Music Mike

Music Mike proved he's still the Pied Piper of Rancho Murieta when he appeared at Lake Clementia Amphitheater Sunday afternoon in a concert sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. He delighted hundreds of kids and parents with "Bingo," "I've Been Working on the Railroad" and other classic songs of childhood as well as offbeat ones like "The Boo-Boo Song."
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A look back at Summerfest 2007

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The eighth Summerfest was much like the first seven. There were hot cars, hot afternoons, cold beer, tasty wines and food of all types. Add to that a lot of smiling families. And don't forget to have some chili. Read more » about A look back at Summerfest 2007


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