Community blood drive coming up Monday

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Rancho Murieta’s quarterly blood drive will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Monday at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 14673 Cantova Way. It’s sponsored by the Rancho Murieta Women’s Club and the church’s St. Vincent De Paul Society and hosted by BloodSource, our region’s non-for-profit community blood bank. The requirements to be a donor are simple. Read more » Read more » about Community blood drive coming up Monday

Kiwanis will hear from Red Cross Thursday

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A Red Cross officer will address the Kiwanis Club's Thursday evening meeting about the organization's response to current disasters in Northern California. Kory Ley, mission partnerships officer for the Red Cross region, will also share details of the Drive Fore Disaster golf tournament fundraiser to be held Sept. 14 at the Country Club. The Kiwanis meets 7 p.m. Thursday at the Villas clubhouse on Murieta Parkway.  Guests are always welcome.  Refreshments will be served. Read more » about Kiwanis will hear from Red Cross Thursday

Another Murieta July 4 is in the books

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Fireworks

The fireworks are spectacular every year. (Click photo for larger images.)

You couldn’t have asked for better weather to celebrate Independence Day in Rancho Murieta. This Fourth of July dialed back the heat to deliver a sunny day with temperatures consistent with a great round on the North Course. It was the perfect day to do a 5K run, have a pancake breakfast, watch a parade, go to a carnival, dance at sunset, and end the evening with fireworks at the front lake. And thousands of residents did just that with friends and family. We have 275 photos, scattered across Rancho Murieta's July 4, to prove it. Read more » Read more » about Another Murieta July 4 is in the books

Assemblyman Ken Cooley speaks to Kiwanis

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Ken Cooley

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, whose 8th district includes Rancho Murieta, addressed the Kiwanis Club’s meeting Thursday evening. He spoke briefly of his support for a speed-limits study on Jackson Road in the Rancho Murieta area and how ongoing construction work there may delay the study. Chair of the Assembly Rules Committee, Cooley, a Kiwanian, quoted the Apostle Paul on the benefits of community service and touched on the difficulties recruiting young people to service organizations. He spoke lovingly of his mother, who suffered with Alzheimer’s for years before her death, and Thursday’s marking of “The Longest Day,” which honors those facing the disease. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2012, Cooley, a Democrat, was mayor and served on Rancho Cordova's city council. Earlier in the meeting, the club presented a check for $2,500 to Greg Vorster, Rancho Murieta Association general manager, to help with the cost of new restrooms at Lake Clementia, which are scheduled for completion this summer. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Assemblyman Ken Cooley speaks to Kiwanis

Plans for Rancho Murieta's July 4 celebration

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The Rancho Murieta Association on Thursday announced details for the community's July 4 celebration, Rancho Murieta's biggest event of the year. Much of the schedule is similar to past celebrations, but there's one change to note: The Kiwanis' pancake breakfast will be held at Stonehouse Park instead of the Gazebo. As always, you're encouraged to pick up guest passes in advance and get them to your guests to help traffic at the gates. Details follow. Read more » Read more » about Plans for Rancho Murieta's July 4 celebration

Ken Cooley to address Kiwanis Thursday night

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley, whose 8th district includes Rancho Murieta, will be the Kiwanis Club's guest speaker at its meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at the Villas clubhouse, on Murieta Parkway. Everyone is welcome. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2012, Cooley was mayor and served on Rancho Cordova's city council. Read more » about Ken Cooley to address Kiwanis Thursday night

Splashing in the sun, buying in the shade

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Spray park

Photo gallery (35 shots from the opening)

It’s official -- the fun is back for another summer. Children celebrated the opening of Summerfest Spray Park Saturday with hot dogs and otter pops, and made the most of the hot, sunny day by spending quality time with the park’s attractions. The celebration was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and Rancho Murieta Association. (The spray park, in Riverview Park on the South, is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 2 to 7 p.m.) Early Saturday morning, below, shoppers flocked to Murieta Village to check out what neighbors and friends were offering at the annual Trash ‘n’ Treasure event. They found vendors’ spaces chock-a-block with sports equipment, collectibles, clothing, luggage, toys, household items and furniture. (Click photos for larger images.)

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A lunch that's a win, place and show

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Women's Club lunch

Photo gallery from the lunch (34 photos)

The Rancho Murieta Women’s Club celebrated the Kentucky Derby with a luncheon at the Country Club Wednesday that featured prize-winning hats, a Southern-style menu and contemporary bluegrass music. Once Savannah Blu took the stage, it was off to the races as the musicians performed everything from the classic “Sittin' on Top of the World” to the Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers” (which has a Kentucky Derby reference). The appreciative audience clapped, danced in the aisles and even formed an impromptu conga line that looped around the room. (Click photo for larger image) Read more » about A lunch that's a win, place and show

Remembering those who gave us our nation

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Giant flag

Retiring the 27-foot flag from the Murieta Equestrian Center was a group effort. (Click photos for larger images.)

BagpipesEven without a blazing fire, it would have been hot at Lake Calero Monday evening. But Boy Scout Troop 633 had a mission. With solemn precision, the scouts retired more than 200 worn and tattered U.S. flags, consigning them to the flames as a small, respectful crowd watched from lawn chairs and golf carts, and piper Chuck Jamison played “Amazing Grace” and patriotic airs. It took the efforts of every scout and all the scout leaders to display a 27-foot flag from the Murieta Equestrian Center one last time before they placed it in the fire. Read more » Read more » about Remembering those who gave us our nation

Some photos from a busy weekend

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Country Club party

The Country Club's party to raise funds to re-do the Terrace Patio (which is a terrific site for parties) looked to be a big hit Sunday afternoon. There were hors d'oeuvres, drinks, music and raffles. (Click photos for larger images.)

Sometimes Rancho Murieta is a sleepy kind of place, and sometimes it's busy. This weekend it was busy. Here's a photo look at the Country Club's party, the Bike Rodeo, the Down Range music fest and the Optimist's ice cream truck. (This isn't even to mention the food trucks Sunday afternoon.) Read more » Read more » about Some photos from a busy weekend

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