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A day dedicated to helping homeless dogs

Doggie blankets

Rancho Murieta’s Fiber Art Group got together Wednesday at the Rancho Murieta Association Building and sewed 41 blankets for shelter dogs. The group made the most of its money, shopping smartly for dog-pattern fleece fabric and coming away with 10 shopping bags of it. Cost: $229. Savings: $300+. There are four bags of fabric left over. Back row from left are Sheryl Bray, Kathy Burke, Diane Graf, Marion Connelly, Jane Barnes and Tammy Burkart. Seated from left are Lana Mason and Sue Murphy.


The day's work – stacks of doggie blankets. Click photos for larger images

Kiwanis Crab Feed fills St. Vincent Church hall

Kiwanis Crab Feed

Kiwanis Crab Feed

Red square See 41 photos from the event

There was 750 pounds of crab for the cracking at Saturday night’s Kiwanis Crab Feed at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, but that wasn’t the only delicacy offered. Servers circulated with pricey caviar and two kinds of icy vodka, and patrons like Sam Somers Jr. swallowed a bump of caviar from the back of their hand and chased it with a small chug of vodka. That's Nancy Mazzoni serving the caviar. About 300 people chatted at their tables or bid on dozens of silent-auction items as music played. The event was a Kiwanis partnership with the Knights of Columbus. The servers were members of the Kiwanis Key Club, high schoolers who are the Kiwanians of the future. Click photos for larger images.

Marking 25 years with a touch of Carnival

Women's Club lunch

Anniversary cakeThe Rancho Murieta Women's Club marked its 25th anniversary Wednesday with a Country Club lunch that had a feel like Brazil's Carnival. Three members of Samba Conmigo, a San Jose-based dance troupe, did lively samba numbers and then brought club members onto the floor for some free-form dancing. Lunch was ravioli, and there was blue champagne. There are four more photos inside.  Click photos for larger images Read more »

Doing their part to help Northern California

Blood drive

Neighbor Amy Skaggs makes a donation, with BloodSource's Christopher Kunze lending a hand, at Monday's blood drive at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church on Cantova Way. Skaggs' donation puts her at one gallon in lifetime contributions. Northern California is in extreme need of blood, according to BloodSource, the region's blood center. The drive is sponsored by the Women's Club and St. Vincent DePaul.

Blood drive will help address severe shortage

BloodSource logo

Next week's Women's Club blood drive is especially important because Northern California is experiencing an extreme shortage of donated blood. Here’s your chance to help out, and maybe win a 55-inch TV. Read more »

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 »

Driving in style to help the needy


The Rancho Murieta Corvettes Club got into the giving season Sunday, when 15 Corvettes delivered toys to the Shriners Hospitals for Children’s toy drive in Sacramento, which gathers toys for needy children. Earlier in the season, the club delivered two dozen turkeys to the Sacramento Food Bank. (Photo: Corvettes Club)

Dedicating the new Clementia boat ramp

Boat ramp dedication

Rancho Murieta Association Maintenance Manager Rod Hart gestures as Jay Solomon, the Fishing Club's president, prepares to cut a ribbon dedicating the new boat ramp at Lake Clementia. The ramp project, handled by Hart's RMA crew, allows boats to get in and out of the lake safely. The club, which contributed $500 to the $4,500 cost of the ramp, and RMA representatives gathered Wednesday afternoon to cut the ribbon. From left are Mike Mason, Ken Heimbecker, Bill Ossolinski, Solomon, RMA President Jim Moore (who's also a Fishing Club member), RMA Director Martin Pohll, RMA General Manager Greg Vorster, Hart, RMA Maintenance staff members Troy Schaffner and Mark Kitchener, Steve Lainey and Angel Ercila.

Fishing Club thanks RMA for new boat ramp

The Rancho Murieta Fishing Club is inviting the community to a ribbon-cutting ceremony 2 p.m. Wednesday to open the new boat ramp at Lake Clementia. It's an opportunity to thank the Rancho Murieta Association, RMA Maintenance Manager Rod Hart and his staff and to support the Rancho Murieta Fishing Club. The ramp is adjacent to the grassy picnic area.

Lessons on choices, decisions and vandalism

There wasn’t anything good about the vandalism of the new Stonehouse Park soccer turf, but the Rancho Murieta Soccer Club and Pleasant Grove Lacrosse Club tried to turn it into a positive Monday afternoon. Standing at the site of the vandalism, young soccer players got to talk about choices and decisions. Read more »

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