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

Honoring those who stood for America

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day→ Photo gallery from the event (nine photos)

For the fourth year, Rancho Murieta honored its vets Monday morning with coffee and donuts at the Rancho Murieta Association Building. More than a hundred people came out. Kids outside greeted arriving vets with flags large and small, and teens handed out poppies and Veterans Day cards hand-made by kids. Except for the Coast Guard, every branch of service was represented in the crowd. There were no speeches, just a nice group rendition of "God Bless America." At 96, Art Murphy of Carmichael was the oldest vet. Murphy, an Army private who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, attended with his Murietan daughter, Marcia Quinn. The day was hosted by the Rancho Murieta Caregiver Support Group and sponsored by RanchoMurieta.com, individual donors and the efforts of groups from Rancho Murieta Community Church. (Click for larger images) Read more » about Honoring those who stood for America

Volunteering to spiff up our lakes

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Lake cleanup

The air was chilly and the shadows long as about 40 volunteers gathered at Lake Clementia Saturday morning for a lake cleanup, sponsored by the Fishing Club, Saving Our Lakes & Open Spaces and the Murieta Trails Stewardship. "I hope all of you plan on getting dirty," Jay Solomon of the Fishing Club told the volunteers as they collected trash bags and debris pickers, which were donated by the Rancho Murieta Association. Solomon told them to work in pairs, take care with their footing and watch for snakes as they split up to work at Clementia, Calero and Chesbro. He had a surprise for each volunteer when the job was done – a coupon from The Backyard in Murieta Plaza for a free entree. (Click for larger image.) Read more » about Volunteering to spiff up our lakes

Pitch in: Saturday is Lake Clean-Up Day

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Lake flowers

Here’s a chance to pitch in to help keep Rancho Murieta’s lakes beautiful. Lake Clean-Up Day is Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. Meet at Lake Clementia at 8 a.m. for assignments. Bags, gloves and litter catchers will be provided by the Rancho Murieta Association. Teens and youngsters working for community service credits are welcome. The day is sponsored by Saving Our Lakes & Open Spaces (SOLOS), the Rancho Murieta Fishing Club and the Murieta Trails Stewardship. There will be coffee, hot chocolate and pastries. (File photo) Read more » about Pitch in: Saturday is Lake Clean-Up Day

Blood drive is a chance to change lives

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Graf family

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Joanna and Bob Graf love being grandparents and love being part of the Rancho Murieta community. The community’s dedication to a plentiful blood supply to help all patients plus education inspires the Grafs.  Joanna will make her first platelet donation soon and Bob takes full advantage of his business connections to advocate for blood drives and encourage others to donate. Read more » about Blood drive is a chance to change lives

SOLOS enjoys fall day and celebrates 1K

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SOLOS party

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It was Oktoberfest time at Lake Clementia Saturday afternoon as Saving Our Lakes & Open Spaces celebrated reaching the 1,000-member mark with music, grilled brats and socializing. The smooth sound of the New Jazz Quintet added to the mellow ambiance of the breezy fall day, and the crowd settled in to enjoy the performance after circulating through the buffet line. SOLOS, which works to influence development, estimated about 70 people attended. Click for larger image. Read more » about SOLOS enjoys fall day and celebrates 1K

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