Holidays

Candy for your family and the troops

It’s the holiday season, so you’ll find the Kiwanis selling See’s Candies around Rancho Murieta. It's a quick answer for a holiday or hostess gift. Read more »

Even with Santa, you can't be too careful

Santa Brunch

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Five-year-old Kai Gran was more cautious than most, deciding to check out Santa and Mrs. Claus before stepping up and confiding his Christmas wish list at Sunday's Santa Brunch at the Country Club. The North Pole visitors chatted with children, parents took photos, and everyone enjoyed a holiday brunch. You can see Kai with his best friend Blake Wertzer, 5, and Blake's dad, Bryan, as they waited to see Santa. That photo is part of the gallery collection of 25 photos. Click photo for larger image.

A holiday parade, on four wheels or two

Village cart parade

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With his bike decorated and lighted, Lawry Yerby was a worthy participant in Saturday's Murieta Village Christmas cart parade. More than a dozen decorated carts took part, broadcasting holiday music and looping their way up and down Village streets at sundown, led by Santa and parade organizers Zoe Lasater and Espe Walker, who handed out candy canes. Click photo for larger image.

Murieta girl helps with coats for homeless

Macey Casagrande

Murietan Macey Casagrande faces the TV camera at the site of her coats giveaway for homeless people. Photo by Justin Hayduk. Click for larger image.

It started during last year’s holidays, when Macey Casagrande was shopping downtown with her mother and saw homeless people. She wanted to do something to help, and Saturday morning she did just that. Read more »

Santa Claus is coming to town? He's here!

Santa in town

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A happy crowd braved the chilly night air for the traditional Christmas Tree Lighting at Stonehouse Park Plaza Friday. The festivities began after Santa (also known as Tony Avampato) arrived by fire truck to light the tree and visit with children while parents took photos. The Optimist Club, sponsor of the free event, provided candy canes, cookies and hot chocolate for everybody. Click photo for larger image.

Turkey Trot warms up the morning

Turkey Trot

It was a frosty morning for the sixth annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, but Jen McNamara, left, and Laurel Condon made the most of it with their turkey headgear. About a hundred adults and kids took part in the run. This year's race was lengthened to a bit more than three miles, according to organizer Charlotte Dubey.  The run, which benefits the Fisher House Foundation, offered special thanks this year to Summerfest, which provided insurance coverage. The run started and ended at the Gazebo. At the finish line, awaiting the male and female winners, were homemade holiday pies. Click the image below to see a panorama of the participants as they await the start.

Turkey Trot

Looking in on Santa and Mrs. Claus

Hashorvas

This will be the first Christmas in a decade that Frank and Marianna Hashorva won't be pulling on bright red clothing and delighting children as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Frank is recovering nicely from heart surgery but won't be able to star in Friday night's Santa welcome and the other stops he usually makes — the Country Club's Christmas brunch, the Learning Center's holiday celebration and other gatherings, from here to the Mather V.A. medical center.

A Turkey Trot and a visit from Santa

The holiday season gets under way Thursday and Friday with the Turkey Trot and Santa's arrival in Rancho Murieta. Here's the rundown. Read more »

Don't look now, but the holidays are here

Crafts

Local creativity and skills were on display Saturday as the Murieta Village Clubhouse became a shopper's delight for the Craft Fair and Bake Sale. Vendors presided over colorful tables of handcrafted items made from yarn, fabric and even gourds, and the library was transformed into a bakery. The annual event marks the start of the holiday shopping season in Rancho Murieta. Click photo for larger image.

Here's the rundown on Murieta's July 4

Fireworks

July 4 is the day in Rancho Murieta, when many of us are entertaining friends and family, getting out early and staying out late. Whether you're a runner, a cart decorator, a bounce-house bouncer or a fireworks fan, the day has something for you. Here's everything you need to know: Read more »

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