Casino Night price deadline is next week

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Casino NightWith the holidays coming on, don’t overlook the best pricing for the Rancho Murieta Association’s Casino Night, which happens Feb. 23 at the Murieta Inn and Spa. The early-bird ticket prices expire next week. Read more » Read more » about Casino Night price deadline is next week

The clouds part, and in walks ... Santa!

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Marshmallows

SantaGallery of photos from the evening (59 photos)

Toasted marshmallows, cookies, cocoa, candy canes and Santa! Friday was a big night at Stonehouse Park. Thanks to the Rancho Murieta Association Maintenance Department, event organizers were prepared for whatever Mother Nature had in store. Twin fire pits kept the chill away and a huge tent sheltered Santa and Mrs. Claus as they visited with children and the Murieta Dance Company performed a trio of numbers from its upcoming holiday show. Santa alighted from a fire truck to start the holiday season by lighting the decorations. The rain relented for this annual Optimist Club event, which seems only fitting. S’more kits were provided by the Rancho Murieta Community Church. (Click for larger images) Read more » about The clouds part, and in walks ... Santa!

Rain or shine, Santa arrives Friday

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SantaThe community Christmas tree lighting starts 5:45 p.m. Friday at Stonehouse Park, and Santa Claus arrives at 6 to get the season under way. Organizers say the event will go on rain or shine, and there will be tents to provide shelter if needed. There will be performances by Murieta Dance Company, s'mores from Rancho Murieta Community Church, and warm refreshments, cookies and holiday cheer. It's sponsored by the Rancho Murieta Optimist Club and the Rancho Murieta Association. Read more » about Rain or shine, Santa arrives Friday

A nice morning to trot for the turkey

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Turkey Trot

DonationsAfter Wednesday night's rain, who expected weather so nice for the community's eighth annual Turkey Trot? The Thanksgiving morning event – a 5K run or walk around the community – drew about as large a crowd as the race has seen, in the neighborhood of a hundred participants. It's a casual thing among friends, and the only prizes were pies (chocolate pecan and pumpkin, which looked very good). The run raised $877 in cash and checks and two $25 gift cards for the Paradise fire victims. This year's trot almost didn't happen, and organizers Erin and Eric Dubey and Deborah Craig thanked the Optimist Club, and Melinda Martel in particular, for providing the insurance that allowed it to take place. (Click photos for larger images) Read more » about A nice morning to trot for the turkey

Annual Turkey Trot will happen Thursday

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After some uncertainty, the community's annual Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving Day after all. The run, which starts at the Gazebo parking lot at 8:30 a.m., will benefit victims of the Camp Fire. Cash and gift card donations are welcome. This year's run – which happens rain or shine – was made possible at the last minute by the Rancho Murieta Optimist Club and Melinda Martel. Read more » about Annual Turkey Trot will happen Thursday

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

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