It was a night for getting crabby

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Kiwanis Crab Feed

Photo gallery (45 shots of people getting crabby)

It’s the Kiwanis Club’s mission to serve children, club president Chet Keil said, welcoming a capacity crowd to the club’s annual crab feed fundraiser Saturday night. But on this night, it was the kids doing the serving. Platoons of Key Club members from Pleasant Grove and Sheldon high schools and Rancho Murieta delivered all the elements of the crab feast to the tables that filled the Saint Vincent DePaul Catholic Church social hall. There were also silent auctions, raffles, live music and a bar staffed by the Knights of Columbus. A “wall of fame” featured posters honoring sponsors who had contributed up to $2,000, Keil said. (Click for larger image) Read more » about It was a night for getting crabby

Monday's blood drive faces an uphill climb

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Monday’s community blood drive will try to offset low turnout at blood drives nationally due to cold and flu season and the government shutdown, which forced the cancellation of drives in government buildings. Monday’s drive – from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church on Cantova Way – will offer an additional promotion, the chance to enter a drawing for a $250 Raley’s gift card or a $250 Best Buy gift card. The drive is sponsored by the church's St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Rancho Murieta Women's Club. It's being staged by Vitalant, formerly known as BloodSource. Read more » about Monday's blood drive faces an uphill climb

After lunch, some country line dancing

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Line dance

Dance crowdThe Rancho Murieta Women's Club enjoyed a Western buffet and then did some boot scootin' Wednesday as dozens hit the dance floor to learn country line dancing. Working from the raised stage, teacher Kat Painter and two assistants walked participants through the Cupid Shuffle, the Electric Shuffle and the Alley Cat. By the end, participants had worked off their lunches and then some. Painter, who has been teaching for 22 years, will offer line dancing lessons to Country Club members in a series of four 6:30 p.m. Wednesday classes starting Jan. 30. It's $40 for the series. If you're interested – and many at lunch were – call (916) 354-3416. (Click photos for larger images) Read more » about After lunch, some country line dancing

Community blood drive happens Jan. 28

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The community's next quarterly blood drive takes place noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, 14673 Cantova Way. Donors must be at least 16, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health and bearing a photo I.D. Donors 16 or 17 years old must have a signed parental consent form. (There's information here.) The drive is sponsored by the church's St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Rancho Murieta Women's Club. It's being staged by Vitalant, formerly known as BloodSource. Donors will receive a 10 percent discount coupon for Buona Vita Yogurt and a chance to win a gift card from Green Acres in Folsom. Read more » about Community blood drive happens Jan. 28

ETC's 2019 season – with two encores

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ETC logoThe new-season announcement from Entertainment, Theatre & Culture always comes at the right time of year. Look outside: It’s chilly, gray, the Christmas tree is in the gutter dropping its needles ... and now, thanks to ETC, we get to think sunny, warm, summer thoughts. Read more » Read more » about ETC's 2019 season – with two encores

Video: Homes all dressed up for the holidays

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Take seven homes dressed in their Christmas best and the scene was set for this year’s Rancho Murieta Women’s Club Holiday Home Tour. The festivities began Friday morning with breakfast at the Country Club, where the Murieta Voices serenaded club members and their guests with songs of the season. Then tour-goers fanned out across the community to see how club members transform their homes for the holidays with treasured collections and loads of imagination. Here are the homes that provided the wow factor for this year’s tour. Read more »

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Christmas for kids who won't have one

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Toys

The start of the toy drive for kids who lost their homes in the Paradise fire. Yes, you can make a contribution. (Click photo for larger image)

The collection of Christmas toys for kids who lost their homes in the Paradise fire is well under way. The Women’s Golf Club gathered this array at the group’s lunch at the Country Club Tuesday. If you’re interested in helping to make a Christmas for these kids, here’s how. Read more » Read more » about Christmas for kids who won't have one

Craft, gift items to make you into Santa

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Holiday sale

A cornucopia of craft and gift items greeted shoppers at the Optimist Club’s second annual Holiday Frolic Craft Boutique held Sunday at the Country Club. Vendors offered handmade wreaths, fashion items, jewelry, wood clocks, cutting boards, gourd creations, quilts, table linens and more. All it took was a tour of the brightly decorated Murieta Room to find that special item. (Click for larger image) Read more » about Craft, gift items to make you into Santa

Rain or shine, Santa arrives Friday

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SantaThe community Christmas tree lighting starts 5:45 p.m. Friday at Stonehouse Park, and Santa Claus arrives at 6 to get the season under way. Organizers say the event will go on rain or shine, and there will be tents to provide shelter if needed. There will be performances by Murieta Dance Company, s'mores from Rancho Murieta Community Church, and warm refreshments, cookies and holiday cheer. It's sponsored by the Rancho Murieta Optimist Club and the Rancho Murieta Association. Read more » about Rain or shine, Santa arrives Friday

Annual Turkey Trot will happen Thursday

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After some uncertainty, the community's annual Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving Day after all. The run, which starts at the Gazebo parking lot at 8:30 a.m., will benefit victims of the Camp Fire. Cash and gift card donations are welcome. This year's run – which happens rain or shine – was made possible at the last minute by the Rancho Murieta Optimist Club and Melinda Martel. Read more » about Annual Turkey Trot will happen Thursday

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