Another Murieta July 4 is in the books

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Fireworks

The fireworks are spectacular every year. (Click photo for larger images.)

You couldn’t have asked for better weather to celebrate Independence Day in Rancho Murieta. This Fourth of July dialed back the heat to deliver a sunny day with temperatures consistent with a great round on the North Course. It was the perfect day to do a 5K run, have a pancake breakfast, watch a parade, go to a carnival, dance at sunset, and end the evening with fireworks at the front lake. And thousands of residents did just that with friends and family. We have 275 photos, scattered across Rancho Murieta's July 4, to prove it. Read more » Read more » about Another Murieta July 4 is in the books

Plans for Rancho Murieta's July 4 celebration

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The Rancho Murieta Association on Thursday announced details for the community's July 4 celebration, Rancho Murieta's biggest event of the year. Much of the schedule is similar to past celebrations, but there's one change to note: The Kiwanis' pancake breakfast will be held at Stonehouse Park instead of the Gazebo. As always, you're encouraged to pick up guest passes in advance and get them to your guests to help traffic at the gates. Details follow. Read more » Read more » about Plans for Rancho Murieta's July 4 celebration

Remembering those who gave us our nation

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Giant flag

Retiring the 27-foot flag from the Murieta Equestrian Center was a group effort. (Click photos for larger images.)

BagpipesEven without a blazing fire, it would have been hot at Lake Calero Monday evening. But Boy Scout Troop 633 had a mission. With solemn precision, the scouts retired more than 200 worn and tattered U.S. flags, consigning them to the flames as a small, respectful crowd watched from lawn chairs and golf carts, and piper Chuck Jamison played “Amazing Grace” and patriotic airs. It took the efforts of every scout and all the scout leaders to display a 27-foot flag from the Murieta Equestrian Center one last time before they placed it in the fire. Read more » Read more » about Remembering those who gave us our nation

Boy Scouts to retire flags Monday evening

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Flag retirementBoy Scout Troop 633 will retire worn U.S. flags at Lake Calero on Monday, continuing what has become a Memorial Day tradition for the community. The 14th annual flag retirement begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be accompanied by piper Chuck Jamison. Among the flags to be retired this year is a 27-foot flag from the Murieta Equestrian Center. Worn and unusable flags can be dropped off at Ace Hardware and the Business Center in Murieta Plaza. The public is invited to attend the lakeside retirement ceremony. Read more » about Boy Scouts to retire flags Monday evening

Must be an egg around here somewhere...

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Easter Egg Hunt

See a photo gallery with 56 more shots from the day

Hundreds of parents, grandparents and children turned out Saturday to enjoy the Kiwanis Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt and family picnic event at Stonehouse Park. In addition to three age-specific egg hunts, with thousands of treat-filled plastic eggs, there were other activities just made for a warm spring day – a petting zoo, a visit from the Sheriff’s Department Canine Unit, balloon and face art, cookie decorating, eating cotton candy and more. The Murieta Dance Company performed a number from its upcoming show to cap the festivities. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Must be an egg around here somewhere...

Happy Valentine's Day, Murieta lovers!

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Valentine swans

Happy Valentine’s Day from Lake Clementia! Neighbor Paul Anderson, who has shared many wonderful photos of Murieta wildlife, offers this one to put you in the mood of the day. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Happy Valentine's Day, Murieta lovers!

Happy holidays! Tour RM's holiday lights

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Merry Christmas! Here's your chance to tour Rancho Murieta's holiday lights without leaving your chair. These are the lights honored by the Rancho Murieta Association (minus one home, which didn't have its lights on the two nights we visited). The full list of lights winners and a map of the homes follows.  Read more » Read more » about Happy holidays! Tour RM's holiday lights

RMA honors homes for their holiday lights

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RMA lights winners

The Donnalley family accepts the congratulations of Santa Claus and Director Stephanie Bianchi for their holiday lights display. (Click photo for larger image.)

Addresses and a map of the holiday lights winners
See a video of the RMA meeting
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The board (and Santa Claus) honored winners of the community’s annual Holiday Lights Contest at Tuesday night’s Rancho Murieta Association monthly meeting. Read more » Read more » about RMA honors homes for their holiday lights

Map of 2017 RMA holiday lights winners

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Here's a map of the homes honored as having 2017's best holiday lights by the Rancho Murieta Association. Zoom in or out on the map by using the plus and minus signs at the lower left.

Here are the addresses marked on the map:

NORTH

  • 6232 Puerto Drive
  • 6275 Puerto Drive (11 Park)
  • 14812 Guadalupe Drive
  • 14925 Trinidad Drive (1 Park)
  • 7000 Pera Drive
  • 6801 Brisa Lane
  • 15022 Guadalupe Drive (1 Park)
  • 15022 Anillo Way
  • 6538 Via Sereno
  • 6458 Via del Cerrito
  • 6310 Camino de Lago

SOUTH Read more » about Map of 2017 RMA holiday lights winners

A Santa with connections to history

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Santa and Adam Reese

Santa and kidsWe know Santa and his helpers come in all sizes, colors and ages, but Rancho Murieta had one of Santa’s oldest helpers Sunday when former Village resident Danny Mander returned to work his Santa magic. He’s 100 years old. Santa stopped at the Rancho Murieta Association Building and played the keyboard, chatted with the kids (that’s Adam Reese, 7, above) and did the lap thing (that’s 3-year-old Jack McGinity and his 6-year-old sister, Shelby, at right). We’re pretty sure ours was the only Santa’s helper who worked as Winston Churchill’s bodyguard during World War II. (Click photos for larger images.) Read more » about A Santa with connections to history

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