A Happy Easter from the Kiwanis

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Easter Egg Hunt

Hundreds of children, thousands of eggs, countless memories. That was the Kiwanis Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt and family picnic event at Stonehouse Park Saturday. Along with three age-specific egg hunts, there were luminous bubbles to chase, cotton candy to eat, cookies to decorate, animals to pet, and the Easter Bunny to visit. Plus, the kids and their families got to see a fire truck up close, a Sheriff’s Department Canine Unit demonstration, and a number from the Murieta Dance Company’s upcoming show. Read more » about A Happy Easter from the Kiwanis

All the details for Saturday's Easter Egg Hunt

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Easter Egg HuntIt's Easter Bunny time again in Rancho Murieta. Join the fun Saturday at Stonehouse Park when the annual Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free and tickets may be purchased for food and activities. Read more » Read more » about All the details for Saturday's Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt coming April 20

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The Kiwanis Club's annual Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Stonehouse Park. Read more » Read more » about Easter Egg Hunt coming April 20

The holiday season is feather weather

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Christmas bird

Another reason to slow down on Murieta Parkway. This is the egret who is adding to the holiday cheer at the Rancho Murieta Association Building, as photographed by Bill "Birdman" Gengler. Bill speculates the bird has been hanging around for weeks just to celebrate Christmas with residents, but we think the canny fowl was waiting for the right backdrop for its close-up. (Click for larger image) Read more » about The holiday season is feather weather

Happy holidays, Rancho Murieta!

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Here's a video look at the home Christmas lights honored this year by the Rancho Murieta Association. The video is two songs covering 19 homes. If you want to see a list of the homes and a map to do your own tour, which we recommend, you'll find that here. Read more » about Happy holidays, Rancho Murieta!

The best holiday lights (with a map)

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Holiday lights

Santa, along with RMA Director Stephanie Bianchi, center, presented the 2018 Holiday Lights awards to winners – here, the Posey family. (Click for larger image)

Photos of many of the winning families(10 photos)

A bumper crop of Rancho Murieta Association Holiday Lights contest winners received lawn signs designating their decorated homes as the best and the brightest at Tuesday’s RMA meeting. Santa Claus got the presentation off to a merry start with a few ho-ho-hos, and then handed out candy canes and congratulations as Director Stephanie Bianchi announced winners and presented signs while the audience applauded its approval. Read more » Read more » about The best holiday lights (with a map)

With dozens of elves beneath the tree

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Reimers

ElvesLittle did Julie Reimers know how it would end up when she bought her first two elves 25 years ago. Now she has 55 elves – the entire Zim’s Elves Themselves collection – around the Christmas tree she decorates with her husband, Tom Reimers, on Abierto Drive. Her collection started in the pre-internet days, when shopping for collectibles was much tougher. Now the elves ring the tree and fill a tabletop and the floor next to the tree. After Christmas, the elves return to their boxes in a closet, awaiting another December. Do you have a family holiday decorating tradition or a remarkable display? Let us know at editor@ranchomurieta.com. (Click photos for larger images) Read more » about With dozens of elves beneath the tree

Happy to spend time with Santa and Mrs. C.

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Santa Brunch

→ Photo gallery (32 shots of Santa and the brunchers)

Some came running, others needed a little coaxing and a few were content to peek around the corner as Santa and Mrs. Claus presided over their annual holiday brunch Sunday at the Country Club. Multiple generations of families vied for a picture with the merry couple and scores of children used the opportunity to tell Santa exactly what they want. (“A car!” said a surprised Santa in response to one moppet.) Omelets, salmon, roast beef and other delectables made it a feast, but frosted Santa cookies captivated the little ones. Another memory in the books. (Click photo for larger image) Read more » about Happy to spend time with Santa and Mrs. C.

Video: Homes all dressed up for the holidays

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Take seven homes dressed in their Christmas best and the scene was set for this year’s Rancho Murieta Women’s Club Holiday Home Tour. The festivities began Friday morning with breakfast at the Country Club, where the Murieta Voices serenaded club members and their guests with songs of the season. Then tour-goers fanned out across the community to see how club members transform their homes for the holidays with treasured collections and loads of imagination. Here are the homes that provided the wow factor for this year’s tour. Read more »

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Craft, gift items to make you into Santa

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Holiday sale

A cornucopia of craft and gift items greeted shoppers at the Optimist Club’s second annual Holiday Frolic Craft Boutique held Sunday at the Country Club. Vendors offered handmade wreaths, fashion items, jewelry, wood clocks, cutting boards, gourd creations, quilts, table linens and more. All it took was a tour of the brightly decorated Murieta Room to find that special item. (Click for larger image) Read more » about Craft, gift items to make you into Santa

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