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

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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

Hotel California draws 1,000 to Clementia

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Hotel California

Photo gallery of the crowd and performance (42 photos)

There was room for all at the Hotel California Saturday night. A crowd estimated at 1,000 filled the slopes of Lake Clementia Amphitheater to relive a time when words like mellow and laid-back described California. A return visit by Hotel California, a Salute to the Eagles, filled the summer evening with the songs that defined an era and a way of life: “Take It Easy,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Already Gone,” “Hotel California” and more. Already among the most popular shows in the Entertainment, Theatre & Culture summer concert history, Hotel California, making its fourth appearance, reached a new level with Saturday’s show, drawing one of ETC's top-five crowds, the organization said. Before the show, ETC awarded its $2,000 scholarship to Sydney Shead, who graduated from Bradshaw Christian School and will attend Santa Clara University in the fall. Shead, who came to the stage to say a few words and accept a giant check, was honored for her essay about how experiencing the arts has made her a better person. (Click photos for larger images) Read more » about Hotel California draws 1,000 to Clementia

Hotel California plays Saturday at Clementia

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Hotel California

Saturday's Hotel California appearance will make four times Eagles tribute bands have played Rancho Murieta. Read on to see how you can win tickets.

Rancho Murieta sure loves the Eagles. Tributes to the band, brought to you by Entertainment, Theatre & Culture, have appeared in Rancho Murieta in 2015, 2008 and 2006. The Hotel California tribute band will be here 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Lake Clementia Amphitheater. Read more » Read more » about Hotel California plays Saturday at Clementia

Summer's last FreeRock is 5:30 p.m. Saturday

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If you haven't made it to one of the FreeRock concerts at the Gazebo (next to the North Gate), you've got one last chance for this summer. West of Leo will perform progressive rock Saturday at 5:30 p.m.. Bring a blanket or chair. The show is free. Call (916) 955-9955 for more information. Read more » about Summer's last FreeRock is 5:30 p.m. Saturday

A night of country at Lake Clementia

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ETC country show

Photo gallery: 38 shots of the crowd and the show

It seemed like much of Rancho Murieta had a cowboy hat and friends in low places Saturday night, as Entertainment, Theatre & Culture brought a night of country music to Lake Clementia Amphitheater. There were tributes to three of country's biggest stars – from left, Keith Urban (performed by Michael Thompson), Zac Brown (Elton Lammie) and Garth Brooks (Les Saint) and what looked like ETC's biggest crowd of the season. It was the singing-est, that's for sure, as the crowd helped Garth wrap up his set with a belted-out "Friends in Low Places," below. ETC's next show, Hotel California, an Eagles tribute, is Aug. 11. Learn more about it, and ETC, here. (Click photos for larger images.)

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