State has outgrown its government, Bee columnist tells Women's Club

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When Sacramento Bee political columnist Dan Walters first spoke at a Rancho Murieta Women's Club luncheon in 2003, California voters were on the verge of recalling then-Gov. Gray Davis and selecting Arnold Schwarzenegger to take his place. Read more » about State has outgrown its government, Bee columnist tells Women's Club

Neighbors: Honoring a coach, helping a tiny fighter, Rotary and baseball

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A local coach wins a national award, a Murieta girl inspires her dad's cancer fundraising effort, the Rotary Club becomes official and old-time baseball players look for sponsors and fans. Read about your neighbors here. Read more » about Neighbors: Honoring a coach, helping a tiny fighter, Rotary and baseball

Blood drive coming Jan. 28

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The first blood drive of the year takes place Monday, Jan. 28, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church on Cantova Way from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Read more » about Blood drive coming Jan. 28

Luminaria light the way this holiday

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The Rotary Club is selling luminaria Wednesday evening and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside Plaza Foods as a fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity for childhood cancer research. Murietans are encouraged to light their luminaria on Christmas Eve, when the Rotary Club will be lighting luminaria on both North and South Murieta parkways. Read more » about Luminaria light the way this holiday

Visiting homes dressed for the holidays

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The annual Rancho Murieta Women's Club home tour transported visitors to Provence, Sedona and realms that exist only in imagination. Mindy and Scott Jenkins' Southwest-inspired home on Via Del Cerrito was one of six homes that opened their doors to show off their holiday best Sunday. The event began in late afternoon and continued into the early evening hours to cast a holiday glow inside and out. Read more » about Visiting homes dressed for the holidays

Turning the RMA Building into an arcade

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UPDATE: On Saturday, neighbors reported here that vandals had removed and broken holiday lights from the RMA Building during Friday night's arcade. See the story comments for more.

The annual video arcade sponsored by the Optimist Club turned the Rancho Murieta Association Building into party central Friday evening with pizza, soda and a dazzling array of games. Alex Bailey, below, was one of the 66 kids who'd signed in 90 minutes after the start of the event. Friday night was reserved for teens, while Saturday was open to kids of all ages. Event organizers expected to entertain hundreds of the community's young people.

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Your neighbors: Scholarships, Santa letters and soccer champs

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The Kiwanis Club offers scholarships, Rancho Murieta girls emerge as soccer champions, the Optimists hold a video arcade for kids, and the RMA sends letters from Santa. Read about your neighbors here. Read more » about Your neighbors: Scholarships, Santa letters and soccer champs

Honoring Murieta's cultures

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The Rancho Murieta Women's Club fashion show Wednesday celebrated the community's diversity of cultures. Fifteen members of the club modeled clothing representative of different cultures for the grand finale after modeling casual and dressy fashions from a half dozen area shops. Georgella Burnett-Ellis, above, who traces her lineage to the Miwoks, the early inhabitants of Rancho Murieta, chose a sari to honor the culture of India. More than 200 members and their guests attended the luncheon event at the Country Club, where the tables were decorated with centerpieces like the one below.

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