Music Mike returns Sunday at 5 p.m.

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Music Mike

Music Mike makes dancers out of our kids.

Music Mike, who could be called our modern-day Pied Piper, make his annual visit to entertain Murieta's children 5 p.m. Sunday at Lake Clementia Amphitheater. It's free, sponsored by the Kiwanis. Parents and grandparents are invited to join in the fun, so bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets. Read more » about Music Mike returns Sunday at 5 p.m.

Opening a new field and saying thanks

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Park dedication

Alex Bauer, Rancho Murieta Association president, and Sherry Carrillo, Summerfest committee member, wield giant scissors to cut a ribbon opening the new Summerfest Sports Field Saturday morning at Stonehouse Park. Bauer thanked Summerfest for its 18-year history of supporting community improvements. Summerfest donated $68,000 to help build the field and add lights to the dog park. On hand were leaders of both groups, from left, Mike Martel, Sid Williams, Ellen Moe, Jerry Wall, Rod Metzler, Joanne Brandt, Larry Shelton, Jim Crowder, Rod Hart and Rob Brown. Click photo for larger image. Read more » about Opening a new field and saying thanks

Security chief to address Kiwanis on Thursday

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Security car

Jeff Werblun, Rancho Murieta’s Security chief, will be the speaker 7 a.m. Thursday at the Kiwanis Club’s meeting at the Villas Clubhouse, on Murieta Parkway. He’ll address Security’s role, responsibility and authority and answer questions. A light breakfast buffet will be available. Any member of the public is welcome. Read more » about Security chief to address Kiwanis on Thursday

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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