Vets Day celebration is Monday at RMA

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Poppy posterAll veterans, military families and friends are invited to the community's fourth annual Veteran's Day celebration on Monday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Rancho Murieta Association Building. The coffee, donuts and conversation are 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. If you would like to make a card (or several) to be distributed to the vets, please drop them off in the basket at 6408 Puerto Drive by Sunday. The event contact is Erin Reed, (916) 952-8183 or aereed@me.com. Read more » about Vets Day celebration is Monday at RMA

Kicking off a new holiday season

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Village crafts

Murieta Village jump-started the holiday season Saturday with its annual craft show and bake sale featuring the work of skilled local artisans and offering everything from handmade teddy bears to four-pound bags of shelled walnuts. No one could pass up the homemade treats that transformed the clubhouse library into a bakery, and many took the opportunity to not only shop, but to meet the talented people who crafted the custom cutting boards, holiday decorations, knit scarves and hats, toys and other items that filled the tables.  (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Kicking off a new holiday season

Village holiday fair is coming up Saturday

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Murieta Village's annual Holiday Craft Faire and Bake Sale takes place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Murieta Village Clubhouse, on Poncho Conde Circle. Every year the fair offers a room full of holiday gift items and delicious treats. Read more » about Village holiday fair is coming up Saturday

Music Mike gathers with his 2018 posse

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Music Mike

Photo gallery (35 shots of the show and the audience)

Music Mike charmed children, parents and grandparents with a music- and and dance-filled performance at Lake Clementia Amphitheater Sunday afternoon. The merry adventure began with dozens of children singing along to time-honored favorites like “Bingo” and “Ring Around the Rosie,” then took a madcap turn with a version of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” that featured crawling like snakes, hopping like rabbits and flying like birds.  After “hotdog rolls” down the slopes of the amphitheater, marching with maracas, lots of singing, a geometry lesson with colorful scarves, and some spirited dancing with the folks, it was time to go home, and every child received a lollipop compliments of Music Mike. The Kiwanis Club, which has made the free annual event part of growing up in Rancho Murieta, said about 170 attended the show. Click for larger image. Read more » about Music Mike gathers with his 2018 posse

Raising money and helping disaster victims

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Red Cross auction

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Auctioneer David Sobon got the audience reaching for their checkbooks at Thursday night's seventh annual Country Club fundraiser to benefit the Red Cross. There were silent-auction offerings and a number of live-auction items that sounded pretty enticing – getaways to the wine country, rounds of golf on quality courses and seven nights in Hawaii to name a few. After the bidding, Sobon had the crowd writing checks once again – to the tune of more than $20,000 – as he encouraged donations to buy the Red Cross a new Emergency Response Vehicle, to be based in this area to serve disaster victims. The dinner had its solemn moments too, as Murietan Luke Iverson, on video, told them about his brother, Corey, a firefighter who died fighting one of Southern California's fires last year. (You can see Luke Iverson's speech here.) A tournament and lunch Friday wrap up the event. Click photo for larger image. Read more » about Raising money and helping disaster victims

Summerfest opens its once-a-year run

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Summerfest

Photo gallery (52 photos from Friday night Summerfest)

Crowds, rides, neon, food, live music and fun – Summerfest is back in town. The carnival began its two-day run at Stonehouse Park Friday evening with rides on everything from flying elephants to a whimsical train for the little ones, and gravity-defying thrill rides for the big kids, plus games of skill and challenges for the adventurous that include rock climbing and bobbing inside a giant plastic bubble. The big show in our own backyard continues through Saturday, thanks to the local volunteers of Summerfest. The schedule is available here. Read more » about Summerfest opens its once-a-year run

Summerfest is coming Friday and Saturday

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SummerfestSummerfest, Rancho Murieta’s annual carnival, will take place Friday and Saturday at Stonehouse Park. Here’s the rundown of each day’s activities. Read more » Read more » about Summerfest is coming Friday and Saturday

Beatles, Stones tributes rock ETC 2018 finale

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ETC-Beatles

Photo gallery (21 shots of the crowd and the show)

The last Entertainment, Theatre & Culture concert of the season brought about a thousand people to Lake Clementia Amphitheater Saturday night for an epic battle of the bands (and a lot of dancing). The Beatles vs. Rolling Stones tribute featured alternating performances. The Beatles tribute, above, opened with “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and later traveled through time to evoke the group’s final, rooftop concert with “Get Back.” The Rolling Stones tribute, below, revived early hits like “Not Fade Away” and “The Last Time” before launching into golden era classics like “Brown Sugar” and “Jumpin' Jack Flash.” The evening concluded with both bands onstage performing a mash-up of “Day Tripper” and “Satisfaction.” The show opened with a special performance by the young dancers of the Murieta Dance Company and a thank-you to the ETC board, volunteers who stage these shows every summer. (Click photos for larger images.)

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Tributes to Beatles, Stones close ETC season

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Beatles-Stones show

The Beatles and Rolling Stones on the same bill? Yes, Saturday night at Lake Clementia.

Entertainment, Theatre & Culture’s 2018 season wraps up Saturday night with a show at Lake Clementia Amphitheater that promises a bunch of songs we all love. It’s a Beatles vs. Rolling Stones show, two bands paying tribute to two of the greatest groups of all time, and we’ve got four tickets for a lucky someone. Read more » Read more » about Tributes to Beatles, Stones close ETC season

OpenJam from 3 to 6 p.m. today

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OpenJam – a chance for any Murietan to come out and make music with fellow musicians – will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Gazebo, across from the North Gate. It's free for musicians and spectators. You're advised to bring a blanket or chair for seating. Read more » about OpenJam from 3 to 6 p.m. today

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